Finding the Light: Plein Air Painting on a Dark Ground
In this workshop, students will work to capture early light and late-day light while working on a dry dark ground. This allows the painter to focus on capturing the light accurately without having to compete with the stark white of the canvas; it also allows for simpler modeling since some of the shadow values will already be accounted for. My surfaces will be prepared with a layer of burnt umber, applied in advance so that it will be dry on the day if the workshop.
Born in 1981 in Mount Kisco, NY – BA from Mount Holyoke College, 2003 – MFA from Pratt Institute, 2006
Eileen Murphy has spent her life along the Hudson River and has lived in Brooklyn, NY for the last fifteen years. Her current paintings are based on the landscape of Columbia County, NY, where she spends part of her time. Eileen has shown widely in New York City and the metropolitan area, and was awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center in 2004 and to Yaddo in 2013 and 2017. She received the Individual Artist Award from the Santo Foundation in 2017; in that same year, she was invited by the US Department of State to participate in the Art in the Embassies program. Her work is currently on view at the American Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, and in 2018 Eileen was invited to that city to give a workshop and a series of lectures. She is currently the Lead Faculty in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College and her work is available at Sears-Peyton Gallery and at Carrie Haddad Gallery. Website: http://eileenmurphy.net/