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In this workshop I will introduce you to a classical philosophy and approach to painting a portrait in oil. In the morning of the first day we will quickly acquaint ourselves with the proportions and anatomy of the human head. It is important to have an understanding of what lies beneath the surface to be able to quickly and accurately describe the form. I will also introduce you to the Reilly Method as another way of seeing the planes and forms of the head. Next I will do a demonstration from a live model showing how to simplify and block in the form. From there using a simplified pallete of colors I will finish the painting maintaining the correct relationships of values to describe the form. The second half of the day you will begin working from the model. You have the choice of doing a charcoal drawing as a preliminary study or beginning the underpainting which is a monotone painting that provides a foundation for your color. Doing this gives you extra time to work on your painings, but I always encourage everyone to draw as much as possible as well. The choice is yours.
On the second day you either begin or continue the painting from the previous day. We will stress proper measuring, blocking in, accurate gesture, and a simplification of the skin tones.  

Oil Painting Workshop by Michael Timothy DAvis - APRIL 8 & 9, 2018 10am-4pm



​-​Sketchbook and pencils for notes 
-Charcoal paper (if doing a drawing study)
-Charcoal pencils HB-4B (if drawing)
-kneeded eraser (if drawing)
-smudge sticks (if drawing)
-Oil Paints (colors-flake white, cadmium yellow med, yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, venitian red, alizeron crimson, cadmium red med, chromium oxide green, ultramarine blue, ivory black)
-11"x14" or larger canvas or board (I will have boards (11x14, $15) that I prepare in a traditional manner for sale the day of the workshop for those who which to try them)
-Brushes- I suggest a nice selection of flats and filberts ranging from small to medium in size. I rarely use rounds except for details, but if you can use what you are comfortable with. 
-Medium- Neo Megilp
-Paper towels and supplies for personal clean up.

You do not need to buy all new supplies for this workshop. For skin tones we will only be using flake white, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, venetian red, alizeron crimson, and ivory black. Those you should definitely try to have. You could do without venitian red if you can't get it, though.