Located outside Boulder, Longmont is a beautiful mountain community; the workshop will be hosted by Gary Markowitz in his newly-renovated studio and gallery, Gallery aHa! in the historic downtown area.
To register, please contact Ani Espriella, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 305-772-7783.
This four-day workshop is designed to provide hands-on skills necessary to paint portraits successfully. The course is focused on gaining painting skills by working from life with a special emphasis on seeing, mixing and painting color in light, and in shadow. Drawing skills and specific portrait measuring techniques will be emphasized to achieve likeness, giving students a solid plan to continue to work on improving their results.
Because so many portrait painters must rely on photographs to execute portraits, I will address the specific set of skills painters need to produce excellent resource material. Included are topics of lighting and dressing the model, selection and application of various light sources, conducting the photo shoot, and how to secure the best possible printed resource material.
Additionally, this workshop focuses on the challenges of becoming a successful commission portrait artist, which involves much more than just painting well. Topics include: presenting yourself and your work effectively, client relations, understanding your market, embracing and sifting through social media and the Internet presence, and developing your own business plan.
Artists are welcome in any medium. However because my work has included significant past pastel and charcoal experience, and has evolved to exclusively oil painting, please note that I will not be well-suited to assist students working in acrylic or watercolors, in techniques in those mediums. However, the principles of likeness, color theory and photographic reference transcend any medium and you are most welcome to attend.