Painting flowers directly from life is an engaging and life affirming experience. To witness the slow dance of a flower from its bud to its end is both a privilege, but also offers certain sets of challenges for the painter. What strategies can one employ to capture colors and shapes that might be in gradual motion? How can one express the form, fragrance and life of flowers through paint? These are some of the topics that will be addressed in this course.
Students will be taught how to approach the model through seeing light and shadow. They will learn to construct a portrait first in line and later in masses of value. Topics to be covered are the pre-mixing flesh tones, how to see dynamic color in flesh, how to construct the layers of a painting, understanding well the visual impression, the nature of shadow and light as they relate to a single-dominant-light-source situation, all of which will be utilized during the process of painting.