These are some photos from the live oil painting demonstration I did yesterday at the Jerry’s Artarama in Tempe, near Phoenix. Look below to see the finished painting.
I had a few people who came to see event because they heard about it, and I had several people who were just there shopping for art supplies, saw me painting and explaining things, and stopped to enjoy.
I got all ranges of questions from people, like “what do the terms ‘opaque’ and ‘transparent’ mean in terms of painting?” and “what kind of paint are you using?”, and “what is a value scale?” Or people asking about drawing and perspective problems, composition, color temperature, etc. It was a very inquisitive group, and they were a lot of fun to chat with while I painted.
I also got lots of chuckles from people as I worked because of my propensity to sing along to the background music. I told them I was not only teaching oil painting workshops, but singing lessons also.
And here is the finished piece, “The Old Tool Shed”, 16×20″
Time spent in the store doing the preliminary charcoal sketch, painting, and stopping to explain things and chit chat: 2.5 hours.
Time spent in my home studio finishing up the painting: 2 hours
So it really is possible to do a wonderfully layered painting, deep with color, in just one sitting, or “alla prima” if you prefer the Italian term (and who doesn’t always prefer Italian when the option is available?). If you are interested in taking your painting to the next level, and learning sound art techniques that will make YOUR individual painting style emerge at its full potential, contact me here, or call Jerry’s Artarama to register for my workshops, (480) 775-6787.