Albin Veselka-The Simplified Portrait in Oil, Franciscan Life Process Center, Thursday, 22. October 2020

As most artists of any skill level will attest to, painting a portrait from life will test your proficiency more than any other painting challenge. Making it easy is impossible, but making it possible is easy.

Having taught oil painting, especially quick portraiture at a university level for six years and having painted the the human form professionally for many more years has given me a deep understanding of what makes painting from life successful and what makes it difficult. 

This workshop will focus on helping the students bypass a lot of the struggles I had to go through and to learn what is truly essential in the alla prima portrait. A lot of experience is needed to become proficient; there is no way around that, but there are effective ways to increase the rate of learning over time as well as some tricks to make quick jumps in our ability. That is  what I offer at this workshop. In three days you can learn a few simple effective practices that will instantly give you more control over the portrait painting process as well as a perspective that will aid you in your growth for years to come. All three days will include demonstration and instruction with live models as well as ample time to practice, using models, what was taught earlier in the day. Prior experience in painting and drawing the human head is strongly encouraged, but all levels of experience are welcome and everyone enrolled will get their share of my attention. With hard work and good instruction growth can be expected, but aside from that it'll be a good time. There are few things more rewarding than painting another human being from life. 

Materials needed

Easel of some kind to hold your painting surface as well as a pallet (paint mixing surface).

Painting surfaces. Any kind you are comfortable using, but the following sizes are required.
    At least four very small (4"x5" - 6"x8")
    At least three (11"x14" - 12"x16")

Paint Brushes. Any kind you are comfortable working with are fine, but you need to have at least one of each of the following sizes. 2, 4, 8 and a detail brush like a watercolor size 00 hat can make a thin controlled line.

A pallet knife to mix paint with. I highly recommend one with a 2"-3" blade.

At least one roll of paper towels

A brush cleaning tank. 

Brush cleaning solvent will be provided.

Not required, but it's nice to have wet panel carriers to easily store and transport your paintings that will take days to dry.

Thursday, 22. October 2020, Franciscan Life Process Center, Albin Veselka-The Simplified Portrait in Oil

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