Blocking in the Masses
Painting can be the source of great joy and frustration. For many artists, starting a new painting is the hardest part — where do you begin? The process of “blocking in the masses” is an excellent approach because it helps you to see and simplify a person, object or scene. By reducing the scene into a few planes of color and shapes, you are free to paint these masses without the surface detail. This workshop will introduce you to a process for painting scenes by focusing on this preliminary stage. We will explore a variety of picture making components: color, composition, the effects of light and use these in creating the simplified as a building block to your landscape painting. The aim of this session will be to provide you with the skills to distill what you see and use this in creating a painting that captures the essence of your location.
In this session we will: ● Discuss palette and painting setup ● Discuss handouts on color, composition and lighting with examples for each. ● Sketch ideas and compositional studies on location ● Paint color studies to capture the essence of the scene ● Gather photographic reference for studio work
Capturing the Essence of What You See
In this session we will paint on location, capturing what we see as we explore picture making components like color, shapes and composition. These elements can be used as abstract underpinnings for representational painting and can help transcend a faithful representation of what you see to a work of art that can evoke an emotional response. Attendees from the AM session can use their sketches, photos and handouts in the execution of their painting (adjusting for changes in the time of day), the rest of the class will have access to the same handouts to guide them through the painting process.
3pm – 4pm ● Explore color and compositions, blocking in the shapes of what you see ● Supplement these with photographs to capture the changing light of the scene
4pm – 6pm ● Paint a color study to capture local color of the scene ● Refine the details without losing the essence of your color sketch. ● Since the sunlight changes dramatically at this time of the day, reference your photos as a guide for further development.
William Low born in New York, paints in a contemporary style of realism that mixes classic observational painting with unexpected disruptions and challenges to our sense of nostalgia. The artist’s vision recalls the heroic American landscape, while adding the modern disorder, interrupted nature, fatigued structures and an awareness of personal isolation.
“In the end, paint texture, surface and light are the primary things I am looking for once a painting is completed – and that is what I think many painters are seeking when they consider their own paintings, no matter what the content.” – WL