Delve deep into the very pleasurable challenge of oil painting from nature, out in the open. A sustained effort of looking (taking the time to truly see the subject) and repeated painting (painting the subject on multiple canvases or many times on the same canvas) makes for better paintings, and improved experience of the craft. (Think of Cézanne, Monet, Braque, Matisse, Inness, Khan, O’Keefe, Chatham, Diebenkorn.) You will focus on the repeated practice of looking and painting to advance and deepen your landscape art. In this practice, you will come to know your true self through contemplation of the larger environment.
Subjects covered include concentration and contemplation, using ebb and flow, purposeful distortion of form and of color, seeing through momentary conditions, choosing the moment, and hierarchy of lights and darks.
Plein air experience recommended.
About the Instructor
Jef Gunn studied painting in California in the 1970s, held residencies in Barcelona and Paris in the 1980s, and since the mid-1990s has engaged in a passionate study of Asian art. His work expresses the large forms of Nature drawn from memory and concentrated into shapes, text, pattern and signs. He holds a BFA degree from Marylhurst University. For seventeen years, his classes have helped painters explore the world observed and the world inside, while improving their skills in color, design and brushwork. The importance of looking, and looking some more, is basic to this work.
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