This workshop will focus on using value to make a better painting. I have lost the majority of my vision but I still paint everyday, I work in pastel and oil while still competing in International exhibitions and remain in my galleries selling my work. I am able to do this by continuing to find creative ways that keep me working. I do it with value. Using value first before the drawing and sometimes instead of drawing is my solution. We will discuss composition, shapes and all the elements that make a good painting. I will provide photographs for this workshop. OILS AND PASTELS
The two paintings above are examples of using value to complete two very different paintings. They are of the same subject matter.
February 22 - 23
Fri. & Sat. 10AM-4PM
I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but moved with my family when I was five years old to Miami, Florida. What a great place to grow up and come of age.
“I remember my very first day in school, the teacher asked who the artist was in class. I raised my hand knowing it was me but I didn’t know what an artist was.” In my heart, I just knew.
My mother was a nurse but on her days off, she would paint. I would come in from school and watch her paint very detailed Clipper Ships. I did not know this was being an artist. She had so much fun, that that was all I wanted to do too. When I was fifteen, I enrolled in a Commercial Art Program for the next three years. That was a very good all around foundation for any artist. After that, it was college but I was too antsy to stay with it. After getting married at twenty-one and having a child I worked hard on my art at home. Since I did not drive, my husband would take me to the public library on Saturdays and I would check out all these big, heavy art books. My interests back then was Van Gogh and Degas, Degas mainly because we share the same retinopathy problems. If only we shared the same talent for figurative work. I read them all. If only we had computers and the internet back then.
I have taken workshops and seen countless demonstrations. At some point, you have to just focus and do the work. This is what I have done. I paint every day and when I do not I get cranky.