Phil's Art Class Videos and Articles
First Tab, Watch this three minute Youtube video on Phil's oil painting classes. This video explains what to expect when you take a class. A look into a few subjects and class photos narrated by Phil. Second Tab, an article about the process. Third Tab, about Alla Prima painting, Fourth Tab, Using the Grid in class.
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What to Expect
No one learns to paint well by reading a book. I’ve tried this in my youth with poor results. We start where you are, beginner or intermediate. Every artist was at one time an amateur. We are all climbing the stairs to the day our art will be fine enough to feel acceptable.
My classes and workshops are always friendly, fun and casual. All students get an “A” and you will not get a discouraging word from me, I believe all attempts to make art are worthy of praise. I give personal attention to each student several times during the class, resolving any problems or difficulties to insure a successful painting that you will be proud to take home.
The Process, wet on wet or Alla Prima, is a process very popular with plein air painter (out door artist) for quick completion while the light is available.
We will begin and finish a painting by the end of the day/class. Read the entire article about our classes
Serveral times I'm asked in the begining of out class, Why are we wetting down our canvases with linseed oil. First, the technique is know as Alla Prima, or wet-into-wet or wet-on-wet, an Italian term which means “at first”. Using this technique, you complete entire paintings in one session or two without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely. A must technique for Plein air painter, dailypainters and especially good for my classes where we start and finish a painting by end of the day. So why do we use this technique?
We do it for several reasons. Lubrication is one of them. Just as an engine runs better with a bit of oil on its parts, so does a painting. Indeed, oil painting works its wonders because the oil medium is slippery and slow to dry and thus brush storkes can be more easily blended, gradated, softened, even removed with a towel for great effects (taking back). Another reason to paint wet-into-wet is the compounding of techniques. Even if you prefer fast drying acrylics, this doesn't mean you have to be victimized by their limitations. Popular slow-drying acrylics invite the use of lots of paint and permit all kinds of painterly outrageousness in realism and abstraction alike.
A rewarding technique is to really "grease up" (put on an overall layer of slow-drying medium as surface lubricant). The lubricant layer can be clear or variously tinted and put on with a rag, brush or any number of other tools. After this, your colours slip and slide and mingle with abandon. While requiring above average skill in handling, they can add painterly efficiency, happy accidents, sly gradations and arresting effects.
Perhaps the greatest reason to work wet-into-wet is to achieve a professional look. You might have noticed that the oils, acrylics and watercolours we really love to look at were at one time really wet ones. Further, many pros prefer a fresh look that belies the effort they've put into their work. By encouraging more fluid, cursive and longer flourishes, the professional's prowess is revealed.
After that, little dry strokes are not as much fun anymore, at least for me. I love the painterly look, I leave the details to the photographers. I never paint the fleas.
Video About the Grid
On July Fourth we had a little get-together at a friends hous. In front of me on the table was a hot dog and coke (the cherry I added for composition). It look so American and a true classic. I took a photo of my iphone.
8x8 oil on canvas, frame not included. $98.00 see details