I'm excited to announce that I am offering a still life workshop next April in Virginia. My host, Debra Keirce, has been kind enough to invite me to participate along with some of the many talented artists that travel to the area to teach. I am in the process of planning this exclusive five day experience to teach the indirect method of oil painting, the difference between Flemish and Venetian technique, and sharing my personal experience of painting in this style for the past seventeen years. The knowledge of glazing, scumbling and layering is a skill any level of artist can easily learn, and the results are an immediate improvement in realistic painting.
completed painting with glazes in pure color
Indirect method in oil painting is a process that began when artists became discontent with tempera painting at the beginning of the Renaissance. With some experimentation using oils and pigment our vast history of oil painting began, starting in the Netherlands around 1400. Early oil paintings were started in tempera, worked on a hard wood panel, and finished with oil glazes. Soon after paintings were completed using nothing but oil paint. Jan Van Eyck was an artist who worked in this manner, the Ghent Altarpiece is an example of an early masterwork in oil and pigment. As time marched forward oil painting spread to Italy and the technique was adapted for canvas, still layering and using transparent glazes, but direct approach incorporated as well. This marked the beginning of Venetian style painting. Stiffer brushes were used compared to the softer brushes of the Flemish technique and consequently more impasto and brushwork were apparent in the completed painting. Rembrandt was a Dutch painter who employed the Venetian style, though he mastered many different techniques in his lifetime.
Indirect painting makes it possible to create realistic paintings by separating all the different elements into manageable steps. Drawing and composition make up the first step, capturing correct value in the underpainting is next, and layering color is the final step, where all the detailed work that came before is used as the framework for the final painting. Learning about color, and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic affects and a depth that cannot be attained in direct painting. In my workshop and teaching I share the modern materials and 21st century approach I use to create paintings using the time tested indirect method that has been in practice for centuries and followed by the greatest artists in history.
For information about the workshop please contact:
571-236-0047for a five day workshop with me in Northern VA in April of 2016. Specifically, in Broadlands, Virginia. Some systems call it Ashburn, VA.
I am also taking on personal students through e-mail instruction. I provide detailed lessons beginning with drawing and working through the many stages of indirect oil painting. The lessons are sent weekly with examples and artwork to study for inspiration. You are welcome to work at your own pace, in the comfort of your home, and e-mail work when the lesson is complete. I offer personal critiques and guidance in every single step and lesson to help students practice indirect method and create a beautiful still life. I have limited availability as I can only dedicate my time to a small amount of students. If interested please e-mail me for information, $20/lesson, must purchase four lessons (one month) in advance. A painting from start to finish will take eight lessons ($160 total cost). firstname.lastname@example.org