The first workshop is intended for adults who prefer painting with acrylics and love flowers.
I have quite a few of nice floral reference photos since my fantastic orchids and cyclamens are blossoming every year. It might happen that we will be able to use as models real plants by the time workshop takes place.
Pink orchids look extremely nice when painted, and it does not take too much effort to get done the basic drawing.
Pink orchid is a great choice for floral workshop even for artists who have a fairly small experience because:
these blooms have a very easy to capture gorgeous, gracious shape;
it is not complicated to vary and mix up the most distinctive pink shades;
we have multiple choices for backgrounds, including:
smoky grays and blues;
bright or dark blues;
green shades or aqua blues;
purple shades + greens and blues;
warm ocher and sap green + burnt sienna and burnt umber shades.
Any of these backgrounds would make a fantastic painting.
It is also possible to implement in the painting as many or as few blooms as we wish.
I will offer cyclamen images to artists who would rather paint these fabulous flowers.
The color choice for blooms and background will be similar, we will just do a different drawing.
The horizontal versions would look as good as the vertical ones.
The size of canvas for these 2 day workshops should not exceed 20 x 18 in.
I would not recommend to go with much smaller canvas, as well, because painting tiny objects is tedious.
You should have 1 flat brush for acrylic painting (about 1 – 1.5 in) and 2 round brushes with fine tips, 8-12 in size. Please do not take with you brushes for oil painting.
The paints we are using for similar paintings include:
Payne’s gray, titanium white, primary magenta, quinacridone red or quinacridone crimson, cadmium yellow medium and cadmium yellow light, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow oxide and yellow ochre, ultramarine and cobalt blue, green gold, brilliant yellow green and sap green.
You do not need all colors. You obviously can narrow down the number of paints depending on background which you would rather choose.
This workshop will take place on:
January 27th: Day 1: 1 pm to 4.30 pm
February 3rd: Day 2: 1 pm to 4.30 pm
The second workshop is scheduled for:
February 24th: spring scene with trees, Day 1
March 3rd: spring scene with trees, Day 2
We are painting for 3.5 hours every day, or for 7 hours in total.
Since materials include a preliminary sketch (you can do your own sketch, as well), the spring scene painting should be done by the end of day 2.
Students who love adding detail for more definition in their paintings will be able to use additional images.
We will work combining all images and implementing as much or as little in our paintings as we like.
Every artist can make his/her own color choices. This means you could go for more contrast using blue and yellowish/ochre shades, or use more purple/red shades in the front part, or any other suitable combinations you prefer.
I will publish pictures of drawings, half-way paintings and finished paintings with details for those who are following our progress online.