Can't take the class but want to attend Nancy's artist talk and demo? Attend her free and open to the public artist talk and demo 9/16/23, from 9am-10am! Please RSVP here.
In this workshop, Nancy will take you from painting still life to landscape and even figures. Concentrating on understanding basic shapes and light source, you will learn that most representational painting is based on these two concepts and there is no need to limit yourself on subject matter! Drawing is important and she will show you simple ways to check the accuracy of your drawing. You will explore ways of gaining information for your paintings through observational painting, working with photographic reference, journaling and memory exercises.
Nancy works in both oils and acrylic, has years of experience with pastels, and is open to working with artists in any medium including watercolor and gouache. She believes that technique is an ever evolving journey (and best learned though personal experimentation) , but understanding the underlying principals of how to observe and translate your observations to a 2-D surface is key to becoming a good painter. You will work with a limited choice of colors so that you gain mastery over your paint mixing before adding extra pigments to your palette.
I encourage the use of a limited palette containing a warm and cool yellow, warm and cool red, and warm and cool blue plus a white and burnt sienna (for underpainting). You may use your own colors as long as there is a distinct difference in the warm and cool version of each primary color.
Any professional quality brand may be used, avoid the student grade. They don’t have enough pigment, make it harder to mix color and may end up being more expensive in the long run. The most important thing is to have both a warm (moving toward orange on the color wheel) or cool (moving towards blue) version of each of the primary colors red, blue and yellow.
Here are my typical choices:
Most people work with brushes that are too small. For this workshop, push yourself to use larger brushes than usual. At minimum have: