Weekly All Subjects Group
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About the Event
In this class: We'll be painting a variety of subjects which is great practice and might help you find your favorite thing to paint. I've put together a growing collection of over 500 reference images for you to choose from, some I've shot myself, many I've paid for and collected over the years from friend photographers. Some are from sources online that I'll show you. I'll also show you how to shoot your own reference and how to increase your chances of having a more successful painting just by using a better reference photo or setting up a better live set up. Even show you places to find reference material online that's okay for you to use.
Since it's a Zoom class I can't do what I usually do and walk around the room to assist students with their work and demo the techniques right on your canvas, so what I do instead is paint right along with you. It's absolutely not neccesary to paint the same image that I'm painting to learn the techniques, I make sure to repeat and demonstrate these techniques over and over again, they sink in.
Everyone just kind of absorbs and learns at their own pace as we go. We just don't learn as well when we're under stress. In this class we just all paint together and talk about techniques and methods and we chat about other things too.
You can find a full supply list here and a link to download the reference image for the week if you want to paint along with me, plus folders with all of the other images you can choose whichever image you'd like to paint. You are free also to find your own reference if you choose.
I recommend printing your reference the same size as your canvas because I teach a "sight-size" method of drawing. It's so much easier to bounce your eyes back and forth to see problem spots when your reference and your canvas are the same size.
More About Me: I've been teaching oil painting for years and I try to treat each student as an individual, making it a priority to identify each person's unique ability rather than teach a single method.
If you want to paint loose, fresh and fast with thick paint, I can help you with that, it's called direct painting or Alla Prima. If you're interested in learning to paint more slowly, starting with an underpainting and then layering your color thinly on top like the old masters did, we'll cover that too, I start paintings that way all the time. It's a great tool to have in the toolbox. That method is called indirect painting or classical painting.
In my own work I paint with kind of a hybrid method of thick and thin. I want to help you become the best painter you can be. One process does not fit everyone, and it shouldn't. I'll meet you where you are, whether it's absolute beginner, advanced, or somewhere in between. If it's drawing you want to work on we'll focus on that. Maybe it's color values or color mixing that's giving you trouble? Week by week you'll add whatever tools, knowledge, and techniques you need to get where you want to be as a painter.
My students have me called a patient and generous teacher, I will always strive for that. I'll share my knowledge openly with you on how to mix naturalistic color and help you control your values, use temperature, model form and transition half tones to make your paintings look more how you imagine them.
The great thing about learning all of this in a classroom environment is that as the weeks go by it's just easily assimilated instead of tips forced down in a short time in a workshop. I've taken (and I teach) my share of workshops and I advocate them, they are priceless. I'll never stop taking them, I love them, it's where I often first get new information. But I also love and need my weekly classes because it's the steady practice that help those new concepts sink in. Painting with my friends, talking about art, learning, getting better at painting week by week. That's what it's all about. Join us!