When an idea of a character reveals itself to my imagination I immediately begin to tap in to the visual elements I could use to bring this 'presence' to canvas, and it almost always has to do with distortion. Pushing past the ordinary when it comes to proportion, surface, contrast, and shape is something I absolutely adore as part of the painting process and I will be bringing that love to a new workshop in California.
Kara Bullock has shown a deep respect for offering space to teachers who share a rich understanding of portrait and
expression, so I was thrilled to be invited to head to the West Coast in May 2019.
My workshops are uniquely built to offer the painter the opportunity to question and formulate their own ideas of concept and technique. This one specifically will explore these learning curves:
Learning How To Combine Your Current Sketch Ability With A Dynamic, Expressive One
Learning Specific Techniques To Push Distortion Of The Figure
Learning How To Push The Use of Contrast To Convey Mood And Drama
Learning How To Define The Details Of A Portrait To Convey Story And Message
Learning How To Sketch Freely To Build Collage Elements In Unexpected Ways
To Capture a Pose or Light Field For Reference
Learning How To Use The Rules of Portrait Building To Break Them Creatively
Learning How To Paint With Creative Narrative As Your Point Of View
Learning The Stages Of The Layering Process To Self Critique And Know When To Call It Done
For 4 days we will gather and move the line while sharing and exploring our discovery of the mixed media and sketch practice as it pertains to portraits. There will be deep discussions around process, around how our point of view impacts our visual language, and how to find the balance between pushing past our default abilities even if it means losing something we love.
This class is for the painter who is looking to dive deeper in to their own practice and push their love of portraits to more imaginative outcomes. We will work on paper and canvas, use materials in unorthodox ways, and learn strategies that will push out out of our comfort zone to reach distinct visual outcomes based on expressive portraits.
Our class size will remain at 10 to give us ample time for one on one direction and personal connection, as well as space. Specialty supplies will be provided as well.