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Portrait Atelier

Paint eye-catching portraits with a big brush! This workshop will focus on the eight keys vital to portrait painting and a working process to progressively finish a portrait study from life in three hours. Working with a limited palette of just four colors you’ll learn: 

  • How to effectively block-in a painting.
  • Accurately observe value and color relationships and mix equivalent analogies in paint.
  • Simplified anatomy and understanding head construction in volumes and planes. 
  • Animating the pose and keys to capturing a likeness.

The class will include discussions of past and contemporary masterworks and the technical aspects of painting and materials. You'll benefit from working in a small focused learning environment with great lighting on both the model and your work station!

Note: For artists familiar with the Zorn palette Part II of this series includes option of adding chromatic colors to your palette.

April 7th - May 12th. ( 6 wks )

Saturdays: 10am - 1pm.

4715 NE 14th Ave.

Tuition: $270 - includes model fee. Limit 8 students.

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  Old Cam by EF, oil, 6 x 8

Old Cam by EF, oil, 6 x 8

A photo needs to serve your artistic needs as a portrait painter, not as a photographer.

I much prefer to paint from life but there are times when photo references are necessary. However photos can be problematic because there are issues that have to do with color, exposure and lighting that will make your photo references either chock-full-of great info for painting… or blaahhh. 

I’ll go over what kind of camera I use, settings, lighting, posing the subject, processing the image, etc. As well as talk about my process ( how I arrive at a final image ) when working with a client.

Saturday May 12th from 2 - 3:30pm

4715 NE 14th Ave.    ( bet. NE Alberta St. & NE Presscott Ave. )

Please RSVP below, bring a friend!