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Luminous Color with Underpainting and Glazing Workshop

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I'm very excited about this group of paintings because I love the colors and am going to teach you how to work with
Each flower or piece of fruit will look like a very special jewel when your workshop paintings are completed!

Luminous color! As artists we are so quickly attracted and entertained by color. It’s the focus of our lives! This workshop will teach you how to use layers of transparent color over an underpainting to create color that is jewel-like and looks like it is lit from within. The master artists of the past used the technique of underpainting and glazing to make their colors as beautiful and luscious as possible. Artists have traditionally used relatively slow drying media for this technique, but we will be using an alkyd medium, which dries more quickly and is much easier and convenient to use. Emphasis will be placed on working with the mediums and solvents safely and with as little odor as possible and
on creating a painting that is chemically stable and archival.

I provide the reference photos and drawing so that you can get right into painting.  

On all three paintings, you will develop an underpainting using the actual color of the objects. It will be based on analysis of the values in the reference photo of the actual set-up, as well as a photo of my underpainting.   One of the beauties of this technique is that it allows the artist to work largely with value before the other qualities of color are considered.  The form of the objects and the light striking them will be established in this stage.  I will teach brush technique to blend the colors very softly and smoothly.  One of the great things about the underpainting and glazing technique is that it allows the artist to work in small, manageable steps to create a painting with a lot of control and detail.  

Once the underpainting is dry, you will begin glazing over the underpainting with layers of luminous, transparent color mixed with alkyd medium.  This is my favorite part of this technique because it is like painting with stained glass.  Attention will be paid to continuing to sculpt the forms with color and enhancing the illusion of light. 

This workshop is great for beginners who are concerned with controlling the painting process and for more advanced students who want to learn new techniques for creating the illusions of reality.

Instructor demonstrations and slide presentations, along with individual instruction and critique will be used to teach the process and techniques used.  I spend a lot of time working with students individually to solve problems and encouraging you to make the best paintings you possibly can.  It is my hope that you will leave the workshop with increased passion about continuing to paint and confidence with new tools to create those paintings.

Depending upon the length of the workshop, you will work on 1, 2 or 3 of the paintings. 

Here is a very lovely email that I was honored to receive about my 
Luminous Color with Underpainting and Glazing workshop.

"I really want to let you know that your workshop was absolutely the best workshop that I have ever been in - hands down, the BEST!  On the last day of the workshop, you had 10 people all working on various stages of 3 different paintings and all of us felt that we actually knew what we were doing.  That is because you actually TAUGHT us your and step-by-step.  We did it so often that, on our own, we could pick up our paintings and know what we were to do next.  Usually, by the end of a workshop, there is a lot of anxiety and frustration because the workshop is ending, people aren't quite finished with the painting(s), and they really don't feel confident that they'll know how to proceed and finish them when they get home.  There was none of that in your workshop - NONE! We were all working on various paintings, we were relaxed, and we casually chatted about this/that/the other as we worked. That is because you taught us rather than just leading us through a series of "100 steps to do this painting."  When someone just leads you through it and then the leader goes home, you feel lost.  But when you learn a technique from the artist, it enables you to proceed on your own. Oh sure, we may do something wrong here or there and we need to improve a lot, but overall - we know how to underpaint and glaze with layer after layer of beautiful color. 
THANK YOU for being such a wonderful teacher/enabler/encourager."   ~Susan G.

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