In this three day workshop students will explore the lyrical expression of colour painting in oils. Block studies, round form studies, still-life and portrait studies are all essential ways of fully understanding the light key and grasping the intrinsic atmosphere of visual perception. Working under outdoor and indoor naturally lit conditions will allow artists to comprehend the full range in the prismatic scale and ultimately create colour studies of significant balance and harmony.
Students will learn to understand masses of colour as a property of light impacted on the retina of the eye. As tone is an element of colour, artists also learn to relate and identify the hue, intensity and the all important temperature of colours. Open palette painting also allows artists to learn to bridge colour notes and create pictorial colour vibration. Demonstrations are frequent as well as discussions and critiques as artists investigate the truth about prismatic light and colour in the natural world.
“Colour studies must be made until the colour that best expresses visual truth is evident…Paint the proper light key and nearly all things can be beautiful… Give your viewers something more than decoration. Give them something that will raise their level of vision. Let them see a new beauty through your eyes.” – Henry Hensche