Sunday, September 23, 2007

Landscape Workshop coming up in October

I thought I'd better get a head start and let people know about my one-day landscape workshop. We'll be enjoying and painting the fall foliage at a location outside Philadelphia.


Friday, October 19 (raindate Saturday, October 20)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Observing landscape while working outside is a great way to push your skills to the next level. Working in oils, we will begin with small, quick oil sketches in order to establish major areas of light, shadow, color and value. We will then develop two paintings, one in morning light and one in afternoon light. Basic knowledge of oil painting is required. Participants need to bring all materials and a box lunch.

For details, or to sign up, contact the Wayne Art Center at:

Hope to see you there--plus, you'll get to see me wearing this very fashionable hat.

Portrait Class at Wayne Art Center

Wow, time flies! I'm a little late getting this out since my portrait class starts tomorrow! Here's the scoop:

Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fall semester, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Students will learn how to construct portraits with a consistent color framework based on the relationship between light, atmosphere, and shadow. We will work on creating the feeling of "air" as the figure emerges from the background. We will also focus on the control of values, edges, and level of detail. Drawing experience is recommended. Previous experience with oils is useful, but not necessary.

We will be working from live models, and the model fee is included.

The photos are from last year's portrait class. We had a lot of fun.

For information, or to sign up (there may still be room left), try:

And to get more detailed information, take a look at the WAC's fall schedule:

Painting Trip

I recently returned from yet another trip to Maine, this one devoted entirely to painting! My friends and fellow artists Nancy Bea Miller, Eliza Auth, and Diana Cobb Ansley and I went to Mount Desert Island and Monhegan for a week of blissful immersion in art. We painted the Beehive from Sand Beach during what began as cloudless weather and swiftly changed as a fog bank rolled in from the ocean. The next day was rainy so we painted the Seawall from under a friend's porch roof. Then on Monhegan we had perfect jewel-like clear skies and hardly a breeze--perfect painting conditions--and I was able to complete two canvases and still hike around the island and take photos. We took a boat ride to Manana, an island adjacent to Monhegan. It was open, tundra-like terrain, wild and uninhabited. All in all, we had a wonderful trip and it was hard to return to civilization.