Instructor: Ray Roberts
Medium: Oil Painting (Plein Air)
Class times: 9:00-4:00
Class size: 16
Level: Artists and art students;
Intermediate to Advanced.
The key to painting seascapes is a thorough understanding of water in all of its states in motion and lighting situations. Ray says, “My personal path was a back and forth journey of studying water from life to studying significant historical artists to the use of photography. Rinse and repeat! The difficulty of observing water is that it mesmerizes like a campfire while dancing before your eyes, beautifully transitioning from a rolling reflective surface to translucent iridescence to exploding clouds of spray, right?? The approach in this workshop will be to give you the tools to analyze and approach it with paint.”
The underlying focus should be the same as all paintings with a solid understanding of design, drawing, value, and color. You can’t achieve success while overlooking the fundamentals. So the overall approach will be solid design with an extra focus on water. This will be an intensive plein air workshop in which Ray will share his method for painting seascapes. We will be painting on location, shooting reference material, including video, and working-up medium size paintings.
What we will cover:
- Painting studies on location and collecting adequate references for your home-studio work
- Understanding the grayscale of lights to darks esp in foam and spray
- Translucency, transparency, and reflection; when and where to look for it
- Foam vs spray vs clear water
- Rocks and landforms
- Designing a seascape as a painting
- How to orchestrate it all
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