Weekly Portrait Group
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About the Event
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 as a rule, well, there are no rules in contemporary oil painting any more. There really aren't. Show me a rule and I'll show you a successful artist that's breaking it. I like knowing a lot of different ways of approaching a problem so I have a lot of different ways to figure out how I'm going to solve it.
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 want them to look in your head. That's the trick isn't it? It's so hard to get them to end up on canvas the way we picture them when we start the painting. With practice we'll get there!
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!