Sunday, September 29, 2013

Portrait Painting from a Photo Workshop

Limited to 10 participants!
Location: The Art House (an extension of the Lake Country Art Gallery),
10356 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, British-Columbia 
Dates: November 27, 28, 29, 2013
10:00am to 4:00om - $300

This new three-day portrait painting from photos workshop is designed to help students learn how to work from photographic reference while still achieving the appeal of a painting done from a live model. It would be wonderful if we could always paint from live models, but the reality is that for various reasons ranging from economic, to the desire to paint complex expressions, or children (who will never sit still long enough) most artists must work from photos to some degree.  The trick is to know how to interpret the photo and to know what information from it to use and what to omit.  To do this the artist draws on knowledge and experience gained from working with live models, and an understanding of the limitations and pitfalls of working from photos.  For best results it is suggested that students take a workshop where we paint from the live model prior to this workshop. 

We will be working with a full palette in this class, which provide the full range of colours, allowing students to paint any colour combinations they desire. This workshop will address the stages to developing a painting including underpainting, then big form modeling, defining the planes of the face and features, and finally glazing to fine-tune the details. Students will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones and render textures like cloth and hair. 
Once registered participants will be emailed directions on how to select a good photo to work from.  Students are asked to select three photos they would like to paint, based on the guidelines, and email them to me before the class begins so I can help them select the best one.
For more information and to reserve your space please email Bev Gordon at

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