The TexArt Workshop is getting ready to take place again next May 2017, this is a fabulous week-long workshop!
What I’ll be teaching? Using Classical progress techniques, you will sketch, draw and paint from life, developing your observation of form and light and anatomy. The principals used, are the basis for any subject matter, we will use portraiture to build your confidence after all, humans are animals too !
I will be teaching technique and materials for painting in oils. The emphasis will be on plein air painting, with the goal of using on-location studies as reference for studio work. Painting the landscape from life will add authenticity and true light and color to your studio canvases. Weather-permitting, we will head out into the beautiful Texas Hill Country for days 1 and 2 of the workshop. On days 3 and 4, we’ll work outside in the mornings and return to campus for afternoon studio sessions.
What I’ll be teaching? Why do Brain Surgeons waste so much time looking at X-rays & MRI’s..?
Because they want to see how to best approach an operation… “before” cutting into a patient’s head! That’s precisely why I train artists in how to develop and refine the unique skills needed to create “Gray Studies” of any subject… “before” starting to paint. The finished results of your painting efforts will vastly improve… if you spend as little as 15-30 minutes studying your painting subject… and trying to replicate it’s main features & values in a Gray Study. This is NOT about creating monochromatic Black & white paintings using only one color. Rather… my “Gray Study’ procedures provide artists with a valuable and effective set of procedures that will allow you to test out your painting ideas very quickly. It is far better to make mistakes in a quick study… than in your finished painting after hours of work. In fact… learning how to create quick Gray Studies will mean far less mistakes in the finished artwork. At the next TexArt Workshop next May… I will be again working with artists in the advanced imaging skills that allow you to create elegant and effective Gray Studies of any subject… and then take those subjects directly into full color.
Wes and Rachelle Siegrist
What I’ll be teaching? Rachelle and I will be differentiating ourselves by specializing in opaque watercolor techniques vs. transparent. We also, while specialists in miniature, will be teaching techniques that apply at any size/scale so the appeal is more broad. Depending upon class requests we may be demonstrating wildlife, landscape, portraiture, still life or marine (boats). I felt like I “missed the boat” somewhat last year by too narrowly focusing on miniatures so we’ll be more inclusive this time with general small works and conventional sizes if participants wish to work in that format.