My name is Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair. I was born in
Warsaw, Poland, now I live in Ireland with my husband, Andrzej and my
I’m a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, art journaler and
designer who loves new challenges, experiments and developing new
techniques and skills. I’ve been creating since 2007, started
scrapbooking in 2008-2009 and mixed-media in 2009 when I got totally
My projects are texture and art medium-based: I make paper and canvas
layouts, collages and altered art, tags, journal pages – and many
more. I believe in the power of recycling and upcycling and just adore
texture, paints of any kind and flea market supplies. Freedom,
embracing creativity and being true to your inner voice is my main
source of inspiration and creative energy.
I’m a full-time designer and artist and as an experienced travelling
teacher I offer a range of my own mixed media-based classes in
collage, artistic scrapbooking, art journaling and more. I truly enjoy
teaching and during my classes, I focus not only on showing
techniques, ideas and tricks but also I try to spread my love and
enthusiasm for arts and crafts as I believe in the therapeutic and
liberating power of creativity.
I work with such international brands as Prima Marketing (design team
member since 2011 and product designer since 2013) and 7 Dots Studio (
product designer since 2011). I run my own Creative Team who supports
my creative Blog and I design for international mixed-media and
scrapbooking magazines. My biggest pride and adventure of the last
years is my own mixed-media line of products released with Prima
Marketing which happen to be a source of inspiration for a large group
of creative people.
Mixed-media collage with Finnabiar – During this step-by-step, easy to follow class Finnabair is taking you to her unique and imaginative world of old findings, papers, fabrics, paints, textures, and dreamy colours. You will use a wide wariety of art mediums including texture pastes, gels and acrylic paints as well as more surprising elements such as scraps and lefrovers from the art table, printed images and various treasures you can collect on the flea market, in your garden, garage or attic – all that to get dimensional, rich and textured look on your canvas. You will be able to see and you’ll be encouraged to follow her instructions where she explains every stage in great detail and gives you the opportunity to turn your own imagination on. All the techniques are easily adaptable
to other projects and are suitable for both beginners and advanced students!
Contact me @: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hello, Sally here from Sillier Than Sally. I am an artist, teacher, product maker, shenanigan starter, rainbow chaser, travel/adventure seeker and animal lover.
And boy do I love to create water colour art and teach it!
My art has been called “confetti coloured imagery that wraps your heart in happiness”.
My signature style is of loose bright splashes of water colour (dubbed blobettes by my beautiful online tribe), contrasting with pockets of dynamic realism, which breaths a zest, life and vitality into my animal, avian and figurative creations.
I love creating art that makes you feel like you can step into the page and join along with the cheeky little characters there.
My world is kept busy with art commissions, exhibitions here in Australia and Internationally, illustrating children’s books, creating “live art” at corporate events and weddings, painting murals, creating art licensing lines, and teaching in-person and online art workshops.
I live in sunny Sydney Australia with my two crazy but cutie pie little boys (2 & 6) & over logical but huggable husband.
We will be painting a whimsicial female & floral portrait with watercolours. You will learn all about the magic of water colours and how to embrace their messy, flowing awesomeness. To loosen up the way you create and to also create from a place of playfulness. Learn portrait drawing and painting techniques from sketch to finished water colour painting and also Sally’s painting formulas that help her to create ALL of her water colour paintings.
Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland , USA and Italy . Trained as an oil painter , she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media . Lora teaches workshops in Contemporay Portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world and is currently working on an Ecourse , due to be released this year . . She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.
Full figure and profile
Dena (Ann) Adams
Art was a strong part of my life as kid and teenager back in my native country, Brazil. However, for more than two decades I abandoned it to pursue a more “serious” career in the corporate world. Luckily my life took many turns and in recent years, art found me again.
I currently live in the United States with my husband, our two sons, two dogs and one cat, and I spend many hours of my day drawing and painting in the little messy studio I created in our house.
I also run a furniture painting business, but little by little I’ve been taking fewer orders for furniture art in order to make more time to improve and explore my real passion. Painting.
I paint all kinds of subjects, mostly in acrylics, mixed media and watercolors, but what inspires me the most are people and animals, so I’ve been focusing on improving my skills to paint those two subjects in an expressive and colorful style.
My first online class is on the making and I can’t wait to share the skills and techniques I have learned so far with fellow artists in different stages of their own art journey.
Lesson on child and man
I will be demonstrating my painting style, which is a bridge between realism and impressionism. But I will talk about ways that you can make the project your own.
What Students Will Learn
- Priming with red (or other warm colors)
- Working from a reference photograph
- Gridding and sketching on a substrate
- Achieving convincing perspective in a surface pattern
- Working with different edge styles in a painting
- Two approaches to handling backgrounds (layers and negative-space painting)
- Using values and cast shadows to bring subjects to life
- Color: I work with a limited palette. Though it won’t be a major focus, students will see how I set-up my palette and mix colors and see how color theory influences my color choices.
Whimsical Bird – It’s so much fun to paint whimsical birds in fanciful natural environments. Sometimes I adorn them with crowns or party hats. Sometimes, I set them in “bird cages” that have no bars. In this class I will demonstrate how I use oil sticks, brushes and palette knives with oil paints to create a dreamy landscape occupied by one or more whimsical bird.
What Students Will Learn
- Sketching with charcoal
- Simplifying and abstracting bird and flower shapes
- Using oil sticks to lay down shapes and color
- Working with oil paints
- How to add charcoal or chalk pastel linework to an oil painting
- Using a palette knife to add texture
- The value of soft edges
- Finishing techniques
- Color: I work with a limited palette. Though it won’t be a major focus, students will see how I set-up my palette and mix colors and see how color theory influences my color choices.
Fun & Funky Birds – As an avid backyard birder, I love the little feathered friends that frequent my feeders, and it makes me happy to capture their essence in my whimsical painting style. I will demonstrate my process for working with reference photographs to create a composite image/composition, sketching with charcoal or paint, and developing abstracted shapes with confident brushstrokes, and bold color choices. I will demonstrate negative space painting for the background and the “magic moments” of creating pops of colors. What Students Will Learn
- Priming with red (or other warm colors)
- How to use thumbnail sketches to arrive at an interesting composition
- Working with reference photos
- Using value and shadows to create a sense of dimension
- Simplifying and abstracting shapes
- Laying down color, starting with darkest darks and moving to lighter colors
- Ways to use a brush to get expressive strokes
- Negative space painting as a way to create backgrounds and a “second chance” at shaping objects
- Using pops of color and specular highlights for drama and “believability”
- Color: Because I work with a limited palette, students will see how I set-up my palette, mix colors, and use color theory (color wheel and temperature) in practice
Monoprinting a Floral Still Life with a Gelli Plate –
Gelli plates are a great, accessible way to explore monoprinting – a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once (unlike most printmaking, which allows for multiple originals). In this project, I will demonstrate how to create your own stencils, use texture-making tools, and employ creative mark-making to create patterned paper with acrylic or craft paint and a Gelli plate. In addition, I will demonstrate how to use the Gelli plate to create a multi-colored monoprint of a contemporary floral still life.
What Students Will Learn
- How to use and clean a Gelli plate
- Ways to create your own unique stencils
- Common materials and specialized tools that can be used to create textures, patterns and marks with the Gelli plate
- Simple steps to create a registration system for a multi-color print
- Selecting paper for your print
- Methods of printing (hand, spoon, or barren)
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Saskia De Jong
My name is Saskia van Drunen and I am a mixed media artist from the Netherlands. I live there with my husband, two kids and three cats.
I have always been a creative child and I started painting, of and on, when I was about 18 years old. I painted all kinds of subject matters, from cats to flowers and also abstract art. But I have never had any formal training even though I would have loved to.
Then, live happened and I studied while working full-time, got married and became a mother.
I loved being a mother, but after my second child I struggled to find my balance. Dealing with all the feelings and emotions that surfaced was quite daunting for me. I felt the need to express them in a creative way. I had not picked up a brush for about nine years, but I gathered my brushes, bought some new paint and canvases and boy, did it feel liberating! And, I felt that creative spark again! It helped me heal, and connect on a deep level with myself.
Now, I wanted to improve my drawing and portrait painting skills. So I took some online classes and learned a lot of new techniques along the way. I love drawing and painting portraits, and to convey expressions and emotions.
- Drawing the eye, how to achieve emotion/expression in the eye such as angry, sad, surprised of startled
- Using a reference photo and getting a likeness
- On toned tan paper using a graphite pencil and a white pastel/charcoal pencil
- The toned paper will be the mid value, graphite pencil will be the dark value and white pastel pencil will be the lightest value
- Painting a portrait in a difficult angle (for instant tilted upwards)
- Using a reference phote and achieving likeness
- We’ll be using acrylic paint
I received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Dance and Choreography. I danced professionally and had the honor of teaching dance at the University of Michigan’s Musical Theater and Theater Departments.
Growing up in the magical world of theater and dance I was exposed to so many gifted and talented artists. Collaborating with dancers, actors, choreographers, musicians, set, costume and lighting designers was an incredibly rich experience. It was fascinating to watch how a small idea would unfold into beautiful productions.
My love for theater and dance is a constant source of inspiration for my art. I hope that by sharing my techniques and creative practices, you will find something to spark your imagination.
I currently live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my husband Marc, who continues support all my creative dreams, and our beautiful daughter Olivia.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I look forward to sharing my creative work with you
Main lesson – creating a portrait in oils, profile with eyes closed
Mini-lesson – more expressive portrait in ink and charcoal
Hi my name is Jacqui, I’m an Acrylic and Oil painter living and working in Northern Cyprus. I’ve been here for 16 years now and live with my husband and two young children but I am originally from London in the U.K where I received my BA in Fine Art from Mıddlesex University.
I primarily paint portraits using layers of markers, inks, stencils and then traditional paint; a process that I originally used as a way of painting during snatched moments throughout the day with toddlers around the house!! I found that I could work on the wild and free under-layers during the daytime and then the final layers in the evenings when I had more time to concentrate! I am a night owl and would happily paint all night long if I could!!
Students will learn about working with layers using transparent and opaque colours. Mixing interesting skin tones and using complementary colours.
Mini lesson: A floral painting, most likely a bouquet or vase of flowers. I’ve been playing a bit lately with bringing natural elements from outside into my paintings so I thought we could use some stencils made from dried leaves and possibly trace some shadows and then mix it with some more realistic flowers and some doodling and pattern as well. This one would also utilise layering and would all be in Acrylics in its various forms.
Students will learn about using a reference image in a loose way and incorporating shapes from our natural environment into our paintings.
If Tracy Verdugo was given the opportunity to coin a term for a new art movement based around what she teaches she might call it “Curiosity and Wonderism” or maybe “Loosen-upism” or “Endless possibilitism”.
When she is not hanging out with her family in their artsy adobe home in a small village on the shores of Jervis Bay, Australia, or throwing paint around in her little purple studio in their backyard, you may find her painting beside thermal pools on an Italian island with an eager group of students, Aperol Spritz in one hand, paintbrush in the other, or sitting in a circle on St Pete Beach, Florida, listening intently as women share their stories of creative longing.
Tracy is an inspiration instigator, prolific painter, bestselling author and lover of the written word, smitten traveler and soaker up of all that is beauty-full. She teaches her Paint Mojo and other creative workshops all over this amazing planet and reminds her students of the wonder that already resides within them. Her works are vibrant and filled with joy, inspired both by global travels and the simple beauty of the focused moment.
Since 2000 Tracy has held 18 successful solo exhibitions and her works are held in collections both in Australia and internationally. Mostly though, she is mama bear to two gorgeous, zest-filled daughters, Santana and Cece, and co-adventurer in life with her amor of 34 years, the talented and brilliant Marco.
Semi-abstract female figure
Creating art is an intimate journey that can awaken the artist and the viewer. I believe creating should tell a story, and the artist needs to trust that the art piece can come to life expressing its own voice. I am an art explorer! I love to try combining multiple mediums.
I have been creating art since I was a child. After 20 plus years as an internationally known watercolorist, I changed directions and focused on mixed medium. I primarily paint using acrylic, but I love adding collage, charcoal, inks, graphite, and fibers to my artwork. My current creations have been portraits and the human form.
My passion is to learn and teach others that we can create. We all have an inner critic; it is a struggle at times, especially when we hear, “You are not good enough.” But I keep trying to accept my inner critic as a friend and push forward believing I am an artist, and if I don’t try, I will never know what I might have missed.
Portrait and half-form
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Idania Salcido, the artist behind Danita Art is a self taught, multidisciplinary artist who uses the techniques she learned through her career materializing her ideas.
Her work is inspired by nature, fairy tales, antiques, folk art, folklore, books, women, magic, the seasons, the grand theater and marionettes.
She uses art as an alternative from reality, trying to create inhabitants of a world that exists in her imagination.
Keen collector of discarded things and flora specimens, she loves reading, and the way others have with words. She finds it hard to express with words like her favorite authors do, so she chooses a visual narrative to tell her story instead. She’s a daydreamer, a beauty seeker, an old soul and a coffee lover.
She admires the craftsmanship of the past, when even simple things were made with care and attention to detail. She loves adding a vintage patina to most of the pieces she makes, but sometimes she channels her Mexican heritage into colorful creations.
One of her favorite things to create are 3D objects that look like the drawing on the paper has come alive and that is the reason why she is so focused on dollmaking now.
Her work has been published in several magazines and books and her work is collected internationally.
When she’s not creating you can find her at the library with her kids, browsing through antique’s shops, working on her small potted garden or or going on field trips to her nearest forest.
I am a Mixed Media Artist living in Stockholm, Sweden, on a mission to inspire people to be brave, to use their creativity and to do more of what they love.
I love painting big but I am also addicted to Art Journaling. I paint in many layers and create my art based on an interesting process where my imagery emerges while painting. I work with mixed media – acrylic paint, ink, oil pastels, color pencils, fabrics, paper, photos… anything that comes my way.
My work is very rich with many layers that add depth and texture to my work. There are no limits, nothing is wrong and there are no mistakes. The process is the fun! My paintings evolve as I paint and I have no plan and no goal. It is my inner voice, my inner guide or wizard that guides me. With layers on layer I create depth, texture and details. Being creative allows me to explore myself, to let go and it helps me to be here and now.
I do both in-person workshops and on-line workshops, both painting on canvas and creating art journals. I have regular classes in my studio in the northern part of Stockholm and I am running weekend workshops in different places around the world both Europe and the US.
I believe that we all have a well of creativity and inspiration locked within us. We just need to find a key to open it and encourage the flow to stream without obstacles. With my art and my workshops, I am exploring creativity, spirituality and life in general.
Mixed media; collage, acrylic paint, ink and pastel
Art journaling/watercolor painting
Students would learn
-My process to create depth, detail and grunge.
-To feel their way through the painting process.
-To keep the focus on the actual process and not the result.
-To use limited supply, few colours and few tools.
Online classes: https://www.jennygrantart.com/onlineclasses
In-person workshops: https://www.jennygrantart.com/workshops
I’m a dreamer – explorer – mom of 3 .
I’m always seeking my own style in different mediums – the vibrant colours are the connection in between – which comes from my deep soul.
I believe that in the gray world we live in the colours help to cheer up.
I’m Ildikó Karsay, living in the centre of Europe in Budapest Hungary.
I feel at home in acryl, watercolour, silk and oil too. Love to explore and try new medium, materials and supplies.
I’m a floralist in aquarell on paper. I love NATURE with the neverending inspirations.
I’m an explorer working with oil on gessoboard.
I create abstract paintings with acrylics on canvas inspired by my dreams and love that bring beauty, warmth, and joy to my heart.
I believe everybody is creative, just need a little help to remember . .
My main goal to help people to find their inner voice and find happiness and discover joy in creative flow and have peace and forget fears through art and enjoy creating.
But mainly I’m a Mom of 3 brilliant children, they are very talented with their hands too. With 3 children I always find some interesting “craft” to do with them and with other children. In summers I hold art camps for children. I lovef their evolving hands and heart.
Loving creativity comes from my childhood I was curious and tried everything I met.
When I was young I was a world traveller, since I met with my man 28 years ago, we are at home but I always dream about beautiful places.
Interesting that I first loved crafts. Sewing clothes and funny pets, papercraft, felting, ceramics, tiffany window and lamp making, jewellery from metals and recycling materials. Drawing and painting came later to my life as I believed that I cannot draw.
I finished many schools as I haven’t find my way.
I’m a painter, graphic designer, artificer, illustrator, calligrapher, typographer, decorateur, parapsychologist, spiritual therapist, tourist guide, Jewelry appraiser, dao yin instructor BUT I’m an all time learner.
I’m hungarian and started online workshops in English, although my english is not perfect and I’m shy but who is joining to my courses they love the tons of inspiration in my courses and fortunately they don’t care my mistakes.
I worked for big movie networks as graphic designer and decorateur when Multiplex movies came to Hungary. That 15 years (1996-2011) was the rush part of my life, no vacation only works with tight deadlines. It effected on my art as I always want to make paintings ready as soon as possible.
I know that TIME is the most important in our life, in my workshops I cut out the boring parts from my videos, so my lessons are shorter but I approach a single topic or theme from multiple angles/side.
I was always maximalist and still learn to calm down but for a long time I enjoy the process and try to leave my expectations of the results.
I teach that the road is the important not the result. This is what I use in healing therapy too.
I returned to art in 2008, and seriously in 8 years ago. Now I know that I cannot live without art anymore. It is part of my everyday life.
After the rush work was over I had more time to create and it made me some relax and happiness to paint. Now I know that art heals and I get inspiration nowadays from nature.
My first exhibition was in 1993 with two sculptur from metal and wire.
Since then I had numerous own exhibitions from my paintings in Schools, art Fairs, and Galleries in Budapest. My paintings are in private collections iin Hungary, Germany, Australia, USA, Japan, Slovakia and Danmark.
I made a free year-long online art program in 2017 in hungarian with over 70 videos and inspirational lessons every week. It has impact not only friends and members but made me having a new habit, create continuously weekly, daily.
Now I’m running seasonal 3 month long online workshops inpired by nature in English called NATUREART.
I always working on a secret projects and have plenty plans to inspire people and show that art somehow must be part of our life.
Merrill Weber is an award-winning artist whose artwork has been included in galleries, exhibitions, museums, and collections throughout the world. Her painting style is loose and impressionistic. The art of capturing snippets of life in creative ways has been her passion for many years.
Her engaging work has been described as imaginative, playful, happy and filled with energy and hope. Merrill’s goal in painting is to create a conversation with the viewer via her canvas, allowing her to preserve and share in the joy of the moment.
Outgoing and funny, Merrill enjoys engaging with her growing number of followers via Facebook and Instagram and can be found at @merrillweberart. She publishes a blog and monthly art newsletter titled, “The Good Life of An Artist.”
She is a Florida native who currently resides with her husband in the Philadelphia area. She has two adult children, one of whom has classic autism.
Subject matter and medium – The goal of this workshop is to HAVE FUN! Whether you are brand new or have been painting for years, together we will use big, bold colors to create work that will make you feel happy and proud. You will learn to paint intuitively with bright colors using acrylic paint, not overthinking. A less expensive materials options list will be provided.
I paint faces and figures. They are not always realistic but they are always expressive, emotional and have a story to tell. I love to use unconventional colours and I love to play with texture and pattern. I use Acrylic Paint in a loose, layered way to add depth and character to my faces.
- Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario Diploma in Communication and Design
- McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Part time studies in Honours Art & Art History
- Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario Courses in drawing, painting, sculpture & art history
- Niagara College, Welland, Ontario Courses in Fine Art Program
Hi! My name is Svetlana Rumak, I am a professional artist and I live and work in Moscow.
After I graduated from the Art Department of the College of Education, I taught drawing at a private school, then worked as a designer and as an artist in a puppet theatre…
But for almost 20 years now I have been very happy as a freelance artist, and consider creativity as my main occupation, I do painting and graphics, travel the world, participate in various Russian and international projects – exhibitions, art symposiums and art fairs.
My paintings are in private collections in more than 25 countries. I miss them, of course, but I am sure they are in good hands 🙂
I’ve been participating in exhibitions since 1993 and have taken part in more than 300 exhibitions in Russia and abroad, 10 of which were personal.
I’ve illustrated two books of my favorite author Lewis Carroll ♥ for the Moscow publishing house ‘Arbor’ – in 2009 – ‘Alice in Wonderland’, in 2011 – ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’.
For 13 years I’ve worked with acrylic paints and I’ve created 10 workshops and 5 author training courses based on the signature painting techniques that I have developed. For over 7 years I have held live workshops in my studio in Moscow, and in other cities and countries.
In 2018 my dream came true – I established my online art school!
At the moment, my school has 12 lessons on my techniques in Russian, and in the near future all the lessons will be available in English.
Born in Red Deer, Fran was raised on an acreage near Sedgewick, Alberta in the middle of the “oil patch”. She moved to rural Saskatchewan in the 80’s to grain farm and partnered in a pipeline welding business. She raised her family there; relocating back to Alberta in 2011 and presently resides in Calgary.
Although creative her whole life, it wasn’t until 1998, she had an incredible urge to paint seriously and enrolled in the U of S off-campus painting classes with Amira Wasfy and Clint Hunker. Iris Hauser at the U of and all the instructors at the various workshops attended in Saskatchewan have also been significant influences.
Fran continues to further her art education in Calgary; currently painting under Michael Downs. She has taken several sessions of figurative and portrait drawing with Cameron Roberts, (as well as a few sculpture workshops in clay with Cameron) and has studied with Doug Levitt.
In addition, Fran has participated in an advanced portrait workshop with artist Michelle Dunaway at the Scottsdale Artists School, workshops with Liana Bennett from Seattle on abstracting the figure and most recently an abstracting the figure workshop with Brian Smith of Ontario. As well, she values the contact with her art friends and feels they too contribute to her art education.
Figurative work has always been a favourite of hers, with a focus on the portrait. It fascinates Fran to create an image on paper or canvas that can capture the essence of a personality. Add to that, the enchantment of costume. To create a story, to see an image emerge from a blank, white state, to witness the point during the process that the paint on the canvas becomes “alive”… when the paint ceases to be paint and the darks and lights take on human form, and that, for her, is just magical.
Intro to the Grisaille, adding the colour to the grisaille
Paint your pet portrait
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I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and my art reflects that. I create my work in a single breath, without any pause, so that I do not lose any drop of that inspiration. I am so caught up in the moment of creation that I forget where I am—nothing can distract me from this euphoria. Whatever I am painting, I must be in love with my subject. Lately, I have been attracted to nature even more and truly enjoy spending time painting plein air. I create my impression of the subject that reflect my background, my emotional state at the moment by utilizing new artistic techniques. I choose bold brush strokes of opaque lights to express my energy juxtaposed against transparent cooler shadows, and scraping some translucency into the mysterious darks with the palette knife. Often, I venture into the depths of my inner being and create more abstract pieces, which take their origins, at present, from a challenge in dealing with my teenage daughter, and maneuvering into that territory is hard but simultaneously wondrous. These paintings are raw — full of dark blues, purples and cadmium yellow lights, that sparkle throughout the surface. The compositions seem to be more circular thus my feelings and frustrations appear to be perpetual. I use palette knife that helps me express movement, anger and love culminating in one piece. It is a gratifying feeling once the painting is done — I exhale, feel hungry, happy, but totally exhausted mentally. The feeling of accomplishment fills me up: “all the hard work hasn’t been wasted — I can paint, I can do this well!”
The sound of rain hitting the cobble stones, a taxi’s tires splashing in puddles, street noise, people’s voices, car horns—all excite me to no end. Often, I not only use my brush to capture the essence of a city, but a palette knife to express my own energy, which ultimately becomes part of the canvas. When I paint, I re-live the experience of the city—it’s lighting, sounds, and vibrations. I have experienced many different cities. In my youth, I was surrounded by the most beautiful architecture of the XVIII–XIX centuries, the ”Venice of the North”–St.Petersburg, Russia. That was my first love. Later came Vienna, Paris, Boston, New York, … I walk around a city and sketch. Often I am drawn to an alluring alleyway verses a pompous street or palace. My visual memory is acute, and I have the ability to imprint the mood of the city at the time of the sketch, along with the colors, the weather, the lighting, and the energy of the street. Even years later I can look at any of my sketches and remember the street, the city, and what kind of day it was. I must develop an intimate relationship with a city before I am able to paint it.
Main lesson – paint a still- life outside in the nice late pinkish afternoon light.
Shorter lesson – landscape of my wintery scenes using a reference photo.
Both will be done in oils.
What students will learn:
Main areas of focus
composition, focal point, how to create a concept for one’s work, how to work from large masses to small ones.
In more details
color mixing, relationships between cool and warm colors, transparent colors verses opaque, tonal values, how to be intentional with the brush strokes or palette knife