THOMAS JEFFERSON KITTS Oil Painter.
Thomas is inspired by how light plays across his subject and he has devoted over 30 years to capturing it in oil. Thomas prefers to work directly from life for its honesty and immediacy, incorporating many alla prima techniques developed by master artists such as Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.
Within the past ten years Thomas has been honored with numerous awards such as Best of Show (Borrego Plein Air, CA), Best of Show (Carmel, CA), Best International Artist (Curacao), Artist Choice (Laguna Beach, CA ), First Place (Pacific Northwest Plein Air, WA), and Best New Artist (Easton MA), plus numerous 2nds, 3rds, and Honorable Mentions. Thomas has also been featured in several issues of PleinAir Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine and named an Artist to Watch by The Informed Collector. He is also a multiple Raymar Art and PleinAir Magazine Salon Finalist. Thomas often lectures and demonstrates at the Plein Air Convention & Expo and he has recently produced a 15-hour demonstration of Sorolla's painting methods called Sorolla: Painting the Color of Light, available at www.streamlineartvideo.com
"Light is Color & Color is Light | A Hands-on Workshop", Tuesday 30st July, 10.30am at Wells House
"I don't believe in making pencil sketches and then painting landscape in your studio. You must be right under the sky." - Chase
"I don't paint things, I only paint the difference between things." - Matisse
This workshop will focus on how the temperature of light impacts the local colors of your subject, be it a sunny or cloudy day. If you consistently coordinate your warms & cools to match the colour of the light you end up conveying a beautiful sense of atmosphere and harmony.
Bonus topic: Hey folks, this is Ireland! So greens, and how to paint them...
We will paint in a tight group so all may listen in as I assist you and everyone else in the class. I'll begin with a brief lecture on colour mixing and temperature. Bring your favorite equipment and paint no larger than 30 x 40 cm (approx. 12 x 16 inches).
I recommend you have these colours, or their equivalent: Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Deep, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue; Cerulean Blue HUE or Manganese Blue HUE; Viridian or Pthalo Green; Lead or Titanium White. You will mix your blacks as needed.
Optional: Earth colours such as Indian Yellow or Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber; although each of these colours may be mixed using just the paints listed above.
Also, bring cotton rags and solvent to rinse your brushes. Note: You will NOT use solvent as a painting medium. I will explain why during the class. If you want to thin your tube colours then bring some linseed or walnut oil in small dipping cup. Or a dedicated painting medium such as Gamblin's Solvent-free gel.
And finally, bring two small panels or canvases you prefer to work on. Expect to paint 2 to 3 hours, with my guidance, with a quick critique at the end.
"Painting Rapidly en Plein Air | An Artist Demo", Thursday 1st August, 2pm at Tintern Abbey
"If I could not paint quickly I could not paint at all." - Sorolla
"It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment." - Wyeth
Speed is the key to capturing the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere, especially here in Ireland. And only through observing such conditions first-hand, and working in the most direct way possible, can we convey or strongly express a specific mood, place, or time. So come watch me demonstrate some of the methods I've picked up from the plein air paintings of Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn. Depending upon the weather, I may produce one or two quick oil sketches, developing one more than the other, as I explain how their methods can also work for you. And, if permits we will have a Q & A session afterwards!
Demonstration begins promptly at 2pm.
KATE KOS Watercolour Painter.
Kate Kos has lived in Ireland since 2004 and is mostly inspired by the landscape and vegetation of North Co Wexford which she has now made her home. An artist with a sublime touch for clean and fresh colours, Kate has won many awards including Silver (2015) and Bronze (2018) in Wexford's Art in The Open, and first prize in Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival in 2017.
Her solo shows include Waterside in the Pigyard Gallery, Wexford (2017); Seabreeze (2017) and Serenity (2016) in The Gaslamp Gallery, Gorey; Twenty14 (2014) in the Tate Guerin Gallery, Gorey. She is featured in From Land & Sea; ón Talamh & ón bhFarraige April 2018 group show in Joan Clancy Gallery.
'My paintings capture the beauty around me, whether it be a peaceful landscape, flowers picked from my garden or a portrait of an interesting person. What attracts me personally to a painting is light and the interplay of colors and shapes. So in my own work, by concentrating on composition, I design a focal point and a path for the eye to wander around the painting'
Demonstration and Workshop:
Monday 29th July, 2pm at Dunmore East. "Seascape in Watercolour". I will demonstrate and explain in detail my approach, my techniques, when and how I choose colours and will try to encourage a brave approach to watercolour.
Demonstration and Workshop:
Thursday 1st August, 10.30am at Tintern Abbey. "The Joy of Watercolour Painting". I will show how to paint fresh and bold in this feared-by-most medium. During the first half of the workshop I will demonstrate how I paint watercolour landscape.
Then it's your turn to paint what you have learned and experience the joy of painting watercolour!
KEVIN MACPHERSON Oil Painter.
Kevin is recognized as one of America's most accomplished Impressionistic plein air painters. His discipline and dedication have earned him critical success and numerous awards for his artwork. He is a member of many top organizations and has been recognized for his accomplishments and influence, including Master Oil Painters of America, Master American Impressionists Society, Master member California Art Club, member of the Salmagundi Club and Founding member and first president of the Plein Air Painters of America.
Kevin is the author of four well-known books on plein air painting: 'Fill Your Oil Paintings With Light & Colour', 'Landscape painting Inside and Out', 'Conversations With Nature' and 'Reflections on a Pond: A Visual Journal'.
Demo: Wednesday 31st July, 2pm at Graiguenamanagh. "Composition Construction". Demonstration only by instructor.
Workshop: Friday 2nd August, 10.30am at Ballymore. "Conversation with Nature". Paint under Kevin's guidance, with individual critiques and class critique at end of session. Kevin will offer a method that unleashes your intuitive dialog with your subject. Respond to visual clues that make the process magical.
NED MUELLER Oil Painter.
Ned is a very accomplished and highly respected artist, having been drawing and painting for over 70 years.He has been designated as a "Master Artist" with both the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. He was accepted into the 2018 RHA Exhibition, Ireland's best annual exhibition. He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where as still a student he also taught drawing classes. He has participated in many of the major invitational shows in the USA, including the "Artist's of America Show","Great American Artist's Show", "National Academy of Western Art", "Pastel Society of America", "The Autry Western Masters Show", and the annual "Plein Air Painters of America Exhibition. He is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of America. California Art Club, and other Major Associations. He teaches workshops in the USA, around the world and continues to challenge himself to grow as an Artist.
Demonstration and Workshop:
Monday 29th July, 10.30am at Dunmore East. and Wednesday 31st July, 2pm at Graiguenamanagh.
"The Art of Seeing-Making a Painting Work",
We will talk and I will demonstrate "the process" of making a more successful painting. Most paintings are ruined at the start, because we often do not give enough thought and preparation by doing value or color studies to work out an interesting and compelling design or a painting with an interesting arrangement of values, shapes, and colors. What can we add or subtract to make our painting more compelling?! Bring your sense of humor and we will have a fun time!
LORI PUTNAM Oil Painter.
Lori Putnam has exhibited with many respected organizations and museums, receiving awards and accolades too numerous to count. While she considers herself primarily self-taught, the advice and support of Scott Christensen, Quang Ho, and Dawn Whitelaw have been key to her development and success. No stranger to hard work and dedication, Putnam is now recognized as one of the finest American Impressionists of our time. She has served as an Artist Faculty Demonstrator for the Plein air Magazine's Annual Plein Air Convention for six years, and has been the keynote speaker and guest lecturer at many other notable events in the U.S. and abroad. Her sold-out workshops are a testament to her teaching style and her gratitude to those who taught and nurtured her. Currently, Putnam also serves on the Board for Art Ambassador for a Colorful World, founded by Kevin Macpherson, whose believe it is that art has the power to change the world. When not traveling to paint, teach, or lecture, Putnam works in her studio in Charlotte, Tennessee, USA.
"Capturing the Essence of Place" Just as important as painting one's likeness in a portrait, so is capturing the essence of place and time in the landscape. It all begins with learning to really see what makes one scene unique by looking at specific shapes, movement, and color. The subject itself is much less important than the expression of its soul. Both of Lori's workshops will offer the tools needed to spark your personal artistic language.
Lecture & Demonstration: Monday 29th July, 2pm at Dunmore East. Lori's Monday afternoon workshop will be a complete instructor lecture and demonstration.
Workshop: Wednesday 31st July, 10.30am at Graiguenamanagh. Lori's Wednesday morning workshop will begin with a brief discussion followed by participant painting time with Lori's guidance.
PEGGI KROLL ROBERTS Oil Painter.
Award-winning artist, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, was trained at Arizona State University and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Peggi worked as a fashion and advertising illustrator before making the transition into fine art. Using intense color and value to accentuate her subject, she moved into fine art with a bold palette, a love for small paintings and a very loose style that achieves a lot with a few very energetic brush strokes. She prefers to suggest reality than render it.
Quick Demonstration and Workshop: Tuesday 30st July, 10.30am at Wells House
Quick Demonstration and Workshop: Friday 2nd August, 2pm at Ballymore.
RAY ROBERTS Oil Painter.
Award-winning artist, Ray Roberts, was born in 1954 and grew up in an Orange County, California with orange groves, before the days of freeways and sprawling housing developments. It has given him an enduring affection for the untamed, undeveloped California of his youth.
In 1969, after the early death of his father and mother's ill-health, Ray was sent to Orme School, a beautiful, ranch-style boarding school in the Arizona desert. Its strong fine arts program helped Ray to discover his artistic talent.
He then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he studied under John Asaro. He has also studied under Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob, and Mark Daily, among others.
Art Center is where Ray also met his wife, impressionist painter Peggi Kroll. While dating, the two of them would go out nightclubbing, to sketch rather than dance
Quick Demonstration and Workshop: Tuesday 30st July, 2pm at Wells House
Quick Demonstration and Workshop: Thursday 1st August, 10.30am at Tintern Abbey
Capturing Light through Value and Color Relationships:
Understanding your scene as a painter leads the artist to more light in their paintings. A successful strategy leads to more successful paintings. Roberts will demonstrate and offer clear approaches through painting exercises designed to reveal the strength of light/dark pattern, form, and color relationships. Quick small color studies will be key in this workshop. We will cover lots of canvas and lots of ideas. Roberts plans to cite lots of historic examples and show how to analyze these as plans for success.
DAVE WEST Oil Painter.
Originally from South Wales Dave studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently gained a degree in Art History. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions he has also exhibited widely in group shows including the RHA, RUA, RBA, ROI, and The New English Art Club. Awards received include the Schminke Award at the UK pastel Society, the Mayoral Gold Award at Art in the Open in 2017 and Quick Draw AITO 2018.
Dave works across a wide range of media including charcoal, pastel, oil and print and in common with many artists - light and colour are his main inspiration. Nocturnal settings have been a recurring theme in his work, ranging from colourful sunset and dusks to darker urban subjects cast under the neon glow of streetlights.
Demonstration and Workshop:
Thursday, 1st August, 8pm at Wexford Town. NOCTURNE (Pastels)
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