Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cloud study
black and white charcoal & white pastel on Strathmore blue laid paper
(click for larger view)

Online classes and workshops for late summer and fall have been posted. In addition to the ever popular Drawing & Painting Trees and the Painting the Luminous Landscape class, I've added a new class to the schedule- Field Sketching for Landscape Painters. I am very excited about it!

This class grew out of discussions with some of my students about areas they felt were lacking in the training they had received previously as aspiring landscape painters. Most landscape classes follow the same model- go outside and paint (or watch the instructor paint). While working outdoors from Nature is an essential method, many students are totally unprepared for the experience-having no basic drawing skills, or understanding of values and composition. Following the traditional 19th century model for training for landscape painters, this class will emphasize drawing (thumbnails, close studies and value studies) and painted studies from direct observation coupled with basic concepts about value and composition. This class will give you the skills and a method of study outdoors which will take your work to a new level! Click here for information and registration.

Also this fall, a five day workshop in beautiful Taos, New Mexico! I am happy to be returning to New Mexico for a five day workshop in Taos scheduled for September 19-23, 2011, which should be just the right time to view the breathtaking color of the turning cottonwoods and aspen. This five day workshop will combine some outdoor work with studio time. We'll draw and sketch in the field, then return to the studio to compose well designed underpaintings and learn indirect painting techniques like glazing and scumbling to create luminosity and atmosphere. Daily demonstrations and lectures will supplement one on one work with each participant. Click here for more information or to register. Just a few spots left!

1 comment:

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Like this too Deborah.. I love cloud studies.. good luck at Telluride!