MASTERCLASS - Alla Prima Oil Painting with Doug Swinton - May 18th - 20th 2018
MASTERCLASS - Alla Prima Oil Painting with Doug Swinton
Alla Prima is an Italian term meaning at first attempt and is a wet into wet painting technique usually done in one session. The workshop is open to all levels and it is intended to be a fun and enjoyable experience. On Friday evening there will be a demonstration, then the rest of the weekend we will learn to paint a variety of subjects based directly on suggestions from students. We will learn to look at each subject and see it in terms of large, overall basic shapes. We’ll start by sketching and placing the subject on the canvas then block in three simple values: light, dark and mid tone. By learning to simplify form, values and color, you can begin to interpret and break down the painting into more understandable tones and shapes instead of becoming distracted by details. This helps us to paint our subjects with greater clarity and directness. This class will be particularly helpful to students who wish to paint more loosely and to paint their subject with greater economy.
Date: May 18th - 20th 2018
Time: Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm Sat & Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm
Ellis Art Studios 1021 Ellis Street Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z3
Registration: You can secure your spot by purchasing this workshop online or by signing up via email or telephone at firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.300.4668 or in-person at Ellis Art Studios.
Refund & Cancellation Policy: A supply list will be provided upon registration. You may withdraw 4 weeks prior to the workshop start date and receive a full refund. No refunds will be allowed after this date.
I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe it's living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. But some how, art has now become my career.
Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. And today, besides being an artist
How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal. For me it’s always been more about the doing than the end product. It’s like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I also get board very easy so I tend to flit from subject to subject. As J R Tolkien said, “not all that wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, it’s always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes.
Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.