3-Day Intensive Workshop with Robin Wellner
ClearWater Artist Studios, Concord, NC
$375, plus $50* model fee per person
*model fee waived if you register by September 15th
What do all of these paintings have in common??? They were all painted with only four colors! White, yellow ochre, cadmium red and ivory black.
Portraits are challenging — but so rewarding! Simplifying my palette to something that I know works, has given me freedom to focus on other details of my work. Anders Zorn’s limited palette gives me a beautiful range of skin tones and I’m virtually guaranteed color harmony in my painting.
I’m offering a three day workshop on this palette and other aspects of portraiture October 6, 7 and 8th, 2017 at the ClearWater Artist Studios in Concord, NC. We will start each morning with instruction and a demo, painting the model “alla prima” (wet-on-wet) from life. After lunch, you will all have the opportunity to paint the model with lots of one-on-one instruction and gentle critiquing. We will focus on color, values, specifics on facial features, painting shapes rather than lines and learning to measure for an accurate likeness. There is nothing like painting from life! Even if you choose to paint from photos in the future, painting from life will give you valuable information that will help you in that work.
ClearWater Studios offers a beautiful space in Concord, NC for this workshop. Once you register, I will send you a list of supplies and your first assignment! Yes, I’m giving you homework! You’ll come to the workshop prepared and already on the road to mastering some aspects of the Zorn palette.
Advanced registration is required. Spaces are limited to make sure you get plenty of one-on-one instruction. Supply list and additional information will be sent upon registration. Tuition will be refunded if cancellation is done 30 days before the workshop. If for any reason the workshop is cancelled all tuition will be refunded.
I hope you’ll join us! Please feel free to email me with questions or for more information.
Registration below or on my “Teaching/Workshop” page.
This is me at the Portrait Paint Off trying to complete a painting in an hour and 45 minutes. Clearwater Artists Studios, in Concord, host an annual portrait paint off with five selected painters. The whole event is 3 hours — with wonderful baked goods and baskets of goodies to be raffled off. For the last two hours, we paint, with an audience of about 150 people. They were wonderful supportive and didn’t ask too many questions. Which is a good thing, since I tend to switch off the talking part of my brain once I start painting. I love the opportunity to paint with other painters. Gordon James, Barbara Ellis, Isaac Payne and Mark Stephenson were the other featured painters. It’s such a delight to see how everyone handles the same model in a completely different and wonderful way!
This is an iPhone shot of the final painting. I started with my Zorn palette, but introduced some other colors because of her dress. We had another row of painters who could set up behind us, so we had a full house of painters and audience.
Grateful to Sarah Gay and Clearwater Artists Studios for the opportunity!! Painting with the clock ticking is a good practice I think!
I am a part of a wonderful little group of artists who paint together every week from life. Today our model “no showed” so Todd – one of our amazing artists – agreed to model. This is from a 3-hour session, painted with the Zorn Palette.
The Zorn palette has become my go to palette. It’s so much easier to only have four colors out, and I feel like if Anders Zorn liked it, I’m good with it!! I’m starting to use my palette knife a bit more in places. All those daily paintings using the knife has made me so much more comfortable with it.
Looking forward to teaching another Zorn class. I’m waiting for the doctors to give us a gameplan for getting my husband well before I feel confident to put it on the calendar. Hoping to teach a beginners oil class as well — and maybe a palette knife class. I’m really enjoying teaching!
All the best!!!
I had such a wonderful time with this painting! I have a very dear friend, Marjie, who lives in Denver, Colorado. We’ve known each other for over 40 years. She is an artist as well — pastels, sculpture and glass work. We had great plans in November for her to come join me for an “Artist in Residence” week at Table Rock State park. She booked her ticket and we made plans. Then I got the news that the wildfires in North and South Carolina were encroaching on the park and my “residence” was cancelled! I was so bummed! Marjie decided not to come and take care of some other business in Colorado.
I felt so badly about not getting to spend that time together – and her losing that money for her ticket! It was a perfect opportunity to show her my love and appreciation. Initially I asked her to send me pictures of her pups, thinking I would do a pet portrait of those two cuties. But once I saw the photos I had to incorporate her husband Dave.
I used my favorite palette for portraits these days – the Zorn palette. White, black, yellow ochre and Cad Red Medium. I pulled it together from three different photos. It was one of those paintings that seemed to flow. Sometimes all the pieces come together — and sometimes, I wipe them out, turn them to the wall and fret about them. Perhaps because it was a labor of love, it came together easily.
Here’s to wonderful friendships that endure no matter what! Love you Marjie!!!