Why is it that we paint and don’t just take photographs when our goal is realism? Because paint breathes life into an image. Each brush mark is made with intention, and the accidents that inherently happen are the cornerstone to a painting feeling alive.
In this 5-day intensive workshop, we will explore several different ways to bring our paintings to life, using primarily photography as our reference, with a live nude model if possible. We will begin each day by looking at the bigger picture, drawing from life quickly with charcoal and finding the movement that naturally runs through the body, as well as working on a single closeup painting from life. The afternoon will be spent working exclusively with paint, zooming in and scaling up from traditional figurative painting, abstracting the body so we can focus on the language of skin. During the afternoons, students will work on 3 abstracted body paintings from a selection of photographs that will be provided.
We will be doing a lot of work in this class, so prepare to let go of perfection. We will focus on the dance between intention and impulse, control and abandon, so we learn to create paintings that feel alive, in every sense of that word.
This CAAP (Critically Acclaimed Artist Program) is funded in part by the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation in support of the advancement of the visual arts in New Brunswick, and by private donations. Thank you!