Friday, December 20, 2013

And...Winter Oil Painting Class!

Also a new session in Oils here in Forsyth County at Fowler Park!! It will be on Thursday mornings this winter from 10 AM to Noon, beginning January 9. You can see the four reference photos for the four oil paintings we'll be working on in January if you click here.

Here are some of my demo paintings from recent sessions which show you the way I paint when I work from reference photos, and this semi-layered technique is how I work in class:

We have lots of fun painting in oil class and you can choose from among several different types of Oil Paints:
I use alkyds (Winsor and Newton "Griffin" fast drying Oil Colors) see the company's info here. Some of my students use water mixable oils like these, and still others use traditional slow drying oils like Winton or Gamblin brands. A list of these types of oils, the colors you might want to bring to class, and other needed supplies can be found here.
 I hope you come and join us, and make it a winter of artistic growth!

You can sign up for any of my classes by calling 770 781-2215.

Winter Watercolor!

Winter Watercolor Session is coming up!! I can't wait, and I've written a doc which has the landscapes we'll be using which you can find here.

I find that things work out best if we focus on some small "mini exercises" in the first hour of class: a piece of fruit, a wood texture, a tree, a mountain ridge...something simple which gives us the steam to do a small landscape painting in the second hour. A mini exercise is like this:

or this:

And a typical painting which we'll do in the second hour of class is like this:
A little more involved: maybe some trees, some sky, some water, a few landscape elements which exist together on a page. We work on concepts like wet-into-wet vs. wet-on-dry, and we practice color mixing, how to handle your brushes, how to use enough paint and enough pigment in your paint, all of the basics. And, it's a blast! Come join us!
You can call 770 781-2215 to sign up, and you can even just show up and pay $20 at the front desk to join a class.