Fine art painting is often held at arm’s length as something only for those with “talent”. I find that having an inate ability for any creative outlet certainly gives one a head start. However, painting can be an endeavor of joy and expression for anyone who can let the painting process be a learning experience for personal growth that lifts the spirit. That said, exponential improvement can be surprisingly fast and rewarding. That is where the work comes in! Keeping a check on frustration and letting mistakes be a necessary part of improvement is a mindset that can be nurtured. Repetition of technique and process leads to longer stretches of success and productive acceptance of setbacks.
Through my series of videos, I will touch on the big picture, and all the little pictures within. I will cover basic process and material selection, as well as discuss finding purpose in subject matter. We will review selecting the right materials and supplies, while simplifying the myriad of choices. I will describe my approach to the various elements of representational scenes and subjects, including painting those subjects to exemplify their differences and similarities. I will discuss what the rest of the world might see in our individual work, and how we as creators can paint with clear intent, as well as a bit of mystery and storytelling.
This are just a small slice of the topics I will address, and I am open to requests and suggestions as the series evolves.
Jonathan is an award-winning painter with over 30 years of study and experience. He has taught oil painting workshops from Hilton Head, South Carolina to Rockport, Massachusetts. Jonathan travels near and far to work “en plein air”, and also paints in his studio in Rhode Island.
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2 Day In-Person Live Plein Air Workshop:
Colonial Attractions – Plein Air Painting at Epiphany Fine Art
This workshop is for the painter looking to enhance their skills while depicting the beautiful scenery of the Epiphany Fine Art Campus in springtime splendor. An inspirational and encouraging environment will be fostered through critique and advice. Individual attention and demonstration will be emphasized. An efficient and loose approach to painting will be demonstrated. Such an approach can lead to exponential growth when working “en plein air”. The basic principles of design, value, and color will be addressed as they apply to the architecture, stone walls, and organic subjects in bloom. The general (but flexible) format will be instructor demonstrations in the mornings, with participants working and receiving individual attention in the afternoon. All mediums are allowed, however, demonstrations will be done in oil colors, and the instruction will be weighted towards that medium. The prevailing goal will be to approach painting as a fulfilling and enjoyable experience…a learning process that allows us to grow as artists and individuals!
Price: Non-Member $260
Date: May 19 and 20, 10:00-4:00 eastern