“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.”–Hans Hofmann
As painters,we are able to experience a particularly rewarding journey by adopting the mindset that we are students of nature painting the world around us. However, in order to paint subjects effectively in a variety of light effects we are required to step beyond our comfort zone. In the words of Robert Henri:“Real students go out of beaten paths, whether beaten by themselves or by others, and have adventure with the unknown.” In order to grow through our art, it becomes necessary to expand our skill sets and commit to practice.
This workshop is designed to introduce the student to some of the unique opportunities and exciting challenges available to those of us who choose to paint figurative subjects both in indoor light and outdoors. Through PowerPoint demonstrations, live demos, and critiques, the student will develop an understanding of how to simplify the process. They will be able to learn about tools and materials,and gain valuable focused practice.
As we develop ourselves as artists and become better equipped to paint whatever unexpected motif is before us, our work expresses greater truth and sincerity. New and exciting creative possibilities are born along with a never-ending source of inspiring subjects to paint every day.
Workshop fee: $425 + model share
Oil Paints (Winsor Newton or Gamblin except where noted – no student grade paints please)
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt)
French Ultramarine Blue
*Optional:Lead White– I recommend Natural Pigments Lead No. 1 available at www.naturalpigments.com
Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
Your choice of (4) supports in standard sizes: no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 12” x 16”. I recommend using portrait grade linen such as Claessens #13DP, on stretcher bars or panels. Panels are available through Wind River Arts (www.windriverarts.com ).
Signet Robert Simmons, Filberts #42Bristle brushes (sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Rosemary & Co (sizes2, 4, 6), Flats, Series #279
Raphael Brushes (sizes 4, 6) Series #8792
Any very small pointed sable brush for detail (one or two)
One or two – small and medium size palette knives
Outdoor Easel: Portable French Easel or Field Painting Box/Pochade
- Paper towels (Viva)
- Palette: Wood or properly prepared Masonite (Feel free to contact the instructor if you don’t know how to prepare a Masonite palette) No paper palettes please.
- 2 solvent/medium cups
- Sketchbook or Notebook
- Trash bag
- Bug Repellant
- Bungee Cords
- Tote or backpack