Monday, April 19, 2010

Views from the Air

What do portraits have to do with aerial landsapes? You might well ask!

If you are planning to attend the Portrait Society of America annual Art of the Portrait Conference, and you happen to have signed up for Calvin Goodman's first breakout session on Friday afternoon, you'll find out. I'll be giving a power-point talk on my aerial landscape paintings and how I go about getting reference material for them. I will also try to explain how these large panoramas are related to my other landscape paintings, my figurative work, and my portraits. Copies of my essay "The sky is Not the Limit," will be available.

Hope to see you there!

ARC Awards

Lunch Break, Horn Hill, oil, 24" x 40"
Back Yards in Snow, oil, 22" x 44"

This morning I was pleased to open an email from the Art Renewal Center and find that I won awards for two landscapes. They are: Honorable Mention for Back Yards in Snow

Top 100 Finalist for Lunch Break, Horn Hill

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Class: Portrait Painting in Oils

Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

5 Weeks: April 26 to May 24
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$130/ model fee included

Students will explore the art of portraiture through painting from the model in a series of long and short poses. As in the fall semester, we will approach color in terms of the relationship between direct light, ambient (indirect) light, and shadow. We will continue to focus on proportion, brushwork, values, and edges. In the spring we will be concentrating more on the idea or concept behind each painting. Students can continue to focus on the head, or they can include more of the figure in their portraits. Drawing experience is highly recommended; some experience working in oils is useful.