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NEW!! Head Drawing Class in Sugar Land, TX

NEW!! Head Drawing Class in Sugar Land, TX

I have added a new fall drawing class on Saturday mornings in Sugar Land. It will be a focused study on the features and proportions of the human head. If you are a beginner to portraiture, this class is for you. If you want to push your portrait skill to the next level, this class is for you. No matter what medium or style of painting you prefer, improving your understanding of the human head will improve your figurative work. Complete information can be found here.

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Spring Classes – Open Enrollment

Emily, charcoal, 16×14″ by Brenda Hash, PSA

I will be offering two studio classes this spring on Thursdays at the Gates Fine Art Building in Rosenburg, TX. Classes start on February 2nd. We will be “Painting with Charcoal” in the morning class and doing the “Art of Your Choice” in the afternoons. Complete information on each class is found here and here.

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

2-Day Georgetown Workshop in December

After all the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle is over and before the Christmas rush begins, give yourself a much needed artistic retreat. I’ll be teaching a two-day workshop in a quaint little town right outside of Austin, Texas. Georgetown has it all; great restaurants, numerous antique shops and the best cappuccino I have ever tasted. Oh, but you probably want to know about the workshop. Read more...

Pastel Portrait Workshop – Oklahoma Arts Institute

Pastel Portrait Workshop – Oklahoma Arts Institute

Join me at the Oklahoma Arts Institute in the Quartz Mountains for a three and a half day pastel portrait workshop, October 13th – 16th. This is an all-inclusive workshop with a view. The pricing varies, but includes lodging, meals and all your supplies. Check here for those details and here for a description of my class. Then enroll and meet me at the building tucked up in those mountains.

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Fall 2016 Art Classes

Fall 2016 Art Classes

Announcing my Fall 2016 Art Classes beginning in August. A semester includes twelve, three-hour studio style classes where beginner to advanced artists may work in oil or soft pastel. Both a morning  class and an afternoon class are being offered. The morning class will study “Getting the Right Perspective”, where we will copy a master painting and tackle topics such as aerial and linear perspective to improve our depictions of the landscape. The afternoon class will have an open format where artists will bring in their current projects and receive on-going critiques aimed at improving their skills on the subjects they have chosen.

For more information on these classes follow the links below:

Morning Class (9am – NOON) – Getting the Right Perspective
Afternoon Class (1:30pm – 4:30pm) – Art of Your Choice

DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

DIY – Painting Your Wood Palette Gray

For awhile now I have wanted to refinish my wood palettes, opting for a painted gray rather than stained wood. I have two palettes, a large one and a medium sized one. I bought them from Turtlewood Palettes and they are so well balanced that I feel like I’m not holding a palette at all. The owner even made a custom adjustment to my medium sized palette to make the grip even more comfortable for me to hold. But I have finally decided the warm tone, the dark value, and the wood grain pattern get in the way of mixing just the right color.Turtlewood Palettes offers a gray palette now, but it appears to be the same value as their wood palettes. I believe they are shooting for a mid-value gray, but I want a lighter value. So, I took a deep breath and started my DIY project. Read more...

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Portrait Conference – Part 3

Artists should strike a balance between being paid for their artwork and donating to the arts. We want to be paid so that we can continue to buy art supplies and pay our bills, but it’s also important to give back to the art community that inspires and encourages your professional growth. That’s why I Read more...

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

From Oldest to Largest at the Kimbell

The oldest painting in the Kimbell’s Botticelli to Braque exhibition is one they tried to purchase for themselves in 1999, Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child also known as the Wemyss Madonna (c. 1490). In the final hours Read more...

Anatomy for the Artist

Anatomy for the Artist

It was such fun to give critiques this past weekend at the Portrait Society of America Convention and get to see what different artists are pursuing; their styles, their ideas for series, their successes and their struggles. A recurring topic of discussion addressed anatomy issues. It is a portrait convention and getting a good likeness of your client is key. Here is a list of some of the books on my shelves Read more...

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

2-Day Portrait Workshop in June

I am so pleased to be giving a portrait workshop in conjunction with the Women Painting Women – Texas Exhibition at the Georgetown Art Center in Georgetown, TX. This is just 28 miles north of Austin, TX. The title of the workshop is Perfecting a Likeness: The Commissioned Portrait in Soft Pastel or Oil and will take place June 26 & 27, 2015 (Friday/Saturday). In these two days we will study from the model and learn to recognize and produce correct anatomy of the face, neck and shoulders. We will also discuss classical proportions of the head and common mistakes made in their construction. Go to my Short Courses & Demos page and click on this workshop to learn more and to register.