Vicki's Upcoming Events and Workshops
A Plein Air Event Like No Other
Now in the 13th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic "Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out, is among the world's most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.
May of 2018 will focus on the built environment. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts and historic sites. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be assured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.
The invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making! Book your reservations early for the best rates!
Where better to study painting on location than in the home of some of Britain's best loved plein air painters? West Cornwall offers a unique quality of light and stunning coastline that has attracted artists for two centuries. The fishing villages remain as characterful as ever, and the beaches are still as idyllic as they were when the Newlyn School was founded, almost 140 years ago. This is one of my favourite places to paint, and I can’t wait to share its treasures with a group of up to 10 people.
Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white!
‘Notan’ is a Japanese word used to describe the balance of light and shade in a painting. Although most of us are unaware of it, the pattern of light and dark in a picture is the single most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. Through a series of exercises and demonstrations we will learn how to design successful pictures every time.
This workshop is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable.
Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes!
Suitable for learners of all levels in all media, this workshop is also excellent for photographers and designers.
Art In The Algarve specialise in art holidays that provide a unique surrounding for artists of every background to learn or develop new or existing skills. If you love art and are looking to combine your passion with an art and a painting holiday in the sun, then Art In The Algarve is a perfect choice.
I'll be at the fabulous 25th Anniversary Patchings Festival with a stand full of lovely Michael Harding Oil Paints and plenty of inspiring artworks on display. Come and chat about holidays, paintings and of course, the paints themselves!
Visit http://summerschool.co.uk/ for more info
In the mornings it will be all about Notan:
Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white! Notan is a Japanese word that refers to the balance of light and shade in a painting. The pattern of light and dark in a picture is the most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will learn how to design successful pictures that feel balanced, interesting and memorable. Using notan, you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just two minutes.
And in the afternoons we'll look at colour:
Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or, to make your paintings sing? Study with expert colourist, Vicki, on this exclusive course. First, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time. Then, discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful and practical workshop. Focussing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a 'palette' that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. This course is suitable for painters of all abilities, in any media.