Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alla Prima Still Life Workshop

I'm teaching a workshop Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Shelby County Arts Council in Columbiana Alabama. All skill levels are welcome. The workshop is almost full - just a couple spots left. You may register HERE. 

Alla Prima, quick sketch paintings done in a single session, is an art form unto itself. Here's a sneak peek at some in-progress pictures of the type of small,  jewel like paintings we'll be doing.
Basic block-in
See more pictures and information below the break.

I will bring an assortment of objects to paint, and students may also bring their own simple still life subjects. 

I will demonstrate my methodology of drawing, palette layout, mixing color stings, understanding transparency/opacity and edge control. Incorporating these techniques allows for quick decision making and bravura brush work that is the beauty and fun of Alla Prima painting.

And here, I was so distracted teaching that I forgot to take in-progress pictures. I'm gonna have to pull an owl-meme type jump forward in time to the finished painting. 

Berries With the Red Striped Bowl, 8x6, oil on panel
The session will conclude with a Workshop Wine Down, a critique of the day’s paintings served up with a relaxing glass of wine.

$135 includes my book, The Incognito Project OR $100 for the class only. 

Register and get the supply list HERE. 

Forstall Art Center, in Birmingham, AL, where I teach two classes on Tuesdays, carries all my supplies. Contact me at for information about those classes.

About The Incognito Project book:
Signed, Limited-Edition Book,
9x12, hard back,
120 full color pages 

This form of play is her invitation to her friends, and her skill as a painter is devoted to communicating to them, and to us, her affection, both for the person as they are, and as they understand themselves.
                         ~Daniel Maidman, The Huffington Post, Oct 2012

They gathered and donned their costumes under the watchful eye of “The Dame”. This was no ordinary party though. The artist and the participants conspired. The guises were not simple whimsy, each were significant in their own way.  Did they conceal themselves, did they reveal true selves, become something they aspire to, or divulge some fantastic alter ego, which is more descriptive than their “true” image?

The event and the resulting 25 award-winning portraits of the guests in their guises are cleverly and beautifully documented in this high quality, limited edition art book. Photos of the event as well as writings by the artist, the participants and an assortment of other commentators, punctuate the glossy photos of the exquisite paintings. All this is wrapped up in a campy film noir theme to deliver a coffee table art book that is far more entertaining than you thought possible.

For all the veracity implied by her meticulous and unflinching style, the works maintain a seductive fantasticalness and seem to dance a jig on the line between the real and the imaginary.
                         ~ Graham C. Boettcher, Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art

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