Thursday, January 9, 2014

Workshop in San Francisco

I'm super excited to remind y'all that I will be giving a still life workshop at the beautiful Sadie Valeri Atelier from May 26-30.  If you're interested, you can follow that link to sign up.  Here's the course description:
Learn some new tricks from award winning still life painter, Katherine Stone. This workshop will have two main thrusts: students will learn how to create paintings that will withstand the test of time, and they will learn Katherine’s own methods for creating textural and optical effects with paint.
Through demonstrations and a slideshow, students will learn how best to create paintings that will not crack, discolor, or delaminate.  Students will learn the roles that process and materials play in the making of long-lasting paintings.
While students work on their individual paintings, particular emphasis will be placed on making the most of your materials to create textural and optical effects.  Katherine will share her own approach to tackling wood grain, reflections, shadows, and peeling paint.  She will also discuss artistic choices in paint application: when to impasto, when to scumble, when to glaze.  In short, students will learn how to get the most out of their materials, and how to exploit the natural behavior of oil paint.
The point of intersection of these two themes will be a presentation by Natural Pigments owner and founder, George O’Hanlon.  Katherine’s method owes a large debt to his traditionally made paints and mediums, and particularly to his generosity with his knowledge.  In order that student may hear the information directly from the source, George will open the first day of the workshop with a lecture.
Isn't it kind of funny how when you need to brag a little you just switch to the third person?  I totally got away with calling myself an "award-winning still life painter."  So basically in this workshop I'm going to show you how I paint.  And I'm probably going to be a total nazi about what you're allowed to put in your still life.

I've asked George and Tania to swoop in and do a lecture, and although I said in the description that it will be on the first day, it might fit into the week a bit differently depending on their schedule.

I'm starting a still life this month which will have a lot of peeling paint and grittiness to it and I will bring it to the workshop for show and tell.  Hint: it involves a loved-to-death doll and duck wings.

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