Jim McVicker’s reputation for painting what he sees, capturing light, and personal interpretation precede him. As an instructor, he is a natural: he is thorough, encouraging, and thoughtful. He will spend as much time demonstrating techniques live on the canvas as students are interested in seeing.
In his 3-day plein air workshop, Jim will paint a small demo the first morning to show his process for starting a landscape. Then he will work with each student. About this, Jim says;
“I work over the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole, working on land, trees, water and sky so the painting grows with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts. I block in the painting so the whole canvas is covered and feels right within the first half hour, and then move on to develop the painting.
I’ll work with the drawing of the landscape, with shapes, values, and color. I will describe my process, how I see and simplify what I see, with a focus on design and values which will give your work a completeness throughout the process. If students are interested I can show how I would work a second sitting on a painting in order to give it a more full and complete feeling. Fine tuning what I started the day before.
In the workshop, each day, I would like each artist to paint at least one painting in the morning and one in the afternoon. I will walk around and work with each artist, one-on-one. I will be very available and open to any questions, and will help and/or demonstrate how I would solve any problems you might be having. I’m also willing to paint demos each day if workshop attendees would like me to do so.”