Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fortune favors the persistent...

Last weekend I taught a full day, landscape workshop in East Walpole with a group of very talented, extremely motivated and hard working, painters. It was a pretty rigorous program which began with making value studies in charcoal and oil. The idea was to work quickly and develop the underlying design on an abstract level. The second part of the day was devoted to color mixing, creating atmosphere and paint handling. Although we worked from photos, I think it’s important that students experience the spacial aspects of reality, so in the future they know how to integrate these effects when working from photos. I think everyone there would agree, there is great value in making value studies! 

My goal as an instructor is to give students a thorough understanding of the techniques of oil painting and how to interpret the landscape & figure while creating the illusion of reality and light. It’s important that what they learn dovetails with their own intrinsic, artistic identity and that they develop their own style with the goal being to transform any subject into a visual, poetic language. 
Below is a list of my workshop offerings this summer and 2016.

June 15, 2015  |  Painting the Figure - East Walpole, MA
10am-2pm  Fee: $75.
The focus will be on achieving accurate drawing and correct values; two of the most crucial aspects of representational painting. Other topics: gesture, form, varying edges expressively so that your painting has more vitality and understanding how to achieve pictorial unity. 

June 24, 2015  |  Painting the Landscape - Gloucester, MA
10am-2pm  Fee: $75.
There are no formulas to painting the landscape, we need to observe what happens in nature and respond with a knowledge of how to see color and value as a unit, and to transform paint into the language of light. 

June 27, 2015  |  Painting the Landscape - Marion, MA
10am-2pm  Fee: $75.
Learn to capture the scene before you with a simplified design and correct color relationships.

November 20-22, 2015  |  Bermuda Painters Retreat
Join me for a unique experience... from the breathtaking beaches of the South Shore to the winding alleyways of St. George’s - you'll learn the fundamentals of plein air painting while following in the footsteps of Winslow Homer and others. Contact the studio to register at:

January, 2016 | Figure & Landscape - Laguna Beach, CA
Dates and location TBA

February 18-19, 2016  |  Painting the Figure - Jupiter, FL
Register here:

February, 2016  |  Painting the Figure - Naples, FL
Dates and location TBA