Immersing in Color - Painting in VT

Oil Painting

Instructor: Cynthia Rosen
Tuesday, July 24-Friday, July 27
2 Day Option Available
Member: $440 / Non-Member: $480
2 Days: $220 / $240

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The studio workshop will focus on the use of color to create vibrant works of art that range from impressionism to expressionism. Options include painting plein air (outdoors) on the ground of SVAC for those interested as well as painting in the studio. While the workshop will be centered on using both still lifes and photos for studio work, a plein air option is available on the grounds of the Art Center. The following categories will be covered.

The Importance of Composition:

  1. There will be a short discussion of composition
  2. How to determine the effective lighting and it’s impact on composition
  3. Sighting and Choosing positions of ourselves in relation to the still life (or a human if working from life)
  4. Composing the Canvas in a variety of situations (still-life, landscape, architecture, etc)
  5. Other decisions involved in painting an effective still-life

Focus on Color:

  1. Color relationships - Warm and cool colors, what are they are
  2. Colored grounds vs white and how they vary with different medium will be discussed
  3. Uses of color in classical realism vs impressionism, expressionism and abstraction

Working from Photos vs from Life

  1. The pros and cons of working from photos and how to chose any how to determine the best photos to paint) determining ultimate goal when working from a photo, what kind of painting do you want to produce, time limitations or not and how much detail can you include when working with a knife vs a brush
  2. Composing from a photo, what to look for, what to include vs leave out based on composition and tools being used (ie; knife vs brush)
  3. Difference of colors in a photo vs direct observation and how to apply color theory to enliven the work

From Instructor Cynthia Rosen:

My teaching style is focused on individualization which enables me to meet each participant at their own skill level. Each day begins with a demo, the use of 2D medium and tools are up to each individual participant (oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel, etc.)

Materials List:

  • Paint colors, acrylic or oil: Besides white (I suggest both titanium and zinc or a blend), you basically want warm and cool of each blue, red, and yellow (ex: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow hue, and cad yellow medium), viridian green and sap green. Optional colors: Black (I rarely use), I love Dioxazine Purple or cobalt violet, Transparent orange in oils is lovely, cadmium orange is fabulous, and cerulean brightens the day. Add whatever else you love.
  • Medium for oils: such as Galkyd Lite by Gamblin (will help your paints dry faster) as well as Gamsol (Odorless Mineral Spirits).
  • Medium for acrylics: bring gel medium for wonderful glazing and thinning.
  • Brushes: Bring a few soft brushes (#2 or 3 round, #9 flat, #12 flat or round for oils or a fan brush for acrylics (for glazing). I will bring extras.
  • Palette knifes: 2 offset Loew Cornell #12 03119-1214 from Dick Blick and others you want. I will bring a few extra. BUT you do want offset knives so your fingers do not go into the paint. Off set knives angle down about 1/2” between the handle and the painting blade. They may be referred to as ‘painting knives’.
  • Bring containers for mixing oil mediums and for washing brushes. I will bring extras of both. I also use rags instead of paper towels, your choice.
  • Panels vs canvas: I personally prefer pre-gessoed panels or gessobord over canvas. Easier to transport. You can also make your own panels, bring canvasses, or even paint on cardboard. Bill Bonham sells a lesser expensive mdf board for painting. Feel free to tell him I sent you. Purchase board sizes you are comfortable with. I suggest for knife work at least one larger size (12x16 or 16 x 20 if you can transport them). My favorite size is 16x20, but 12x16 works well for palette knife painting. 9x12 or 11x14 work fine as well but are a bit small. Please bring 6 boards (2 for day 1, 2 for day 2, 1 larger one for day 3 and perhaps 1 back-up). I will bring a few extra and some Arches Oil Paper for practice works.
  • For transporting wet paintings you may want to purchase a couple of sets of wet panel carriers with bands that correspond to the panels you purchase. Each panel pack holds 2 panels of the same size. If you prefer to stick to one size panels, check out Raymar panel carriers. They are a bit bulkier but protect at least 4 panel

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