Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Peters Portrait in progress

Here I am working a portait in my California studio. The painting is a man and his twin boys from Charlotte, North Carolina. The painting is being done from a combination of six photographs. It was commissioned through Portrait Inc. by Kathy Southerland. At this stage, I am nearly finished with all three figures, and am working on the background. I've been become well known for the "California Portrait", always set outdoors.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Painting a Block Study in my class

Holly paints a "block study" in my backyard class. The goal for the student is to show sunlight in their work. By using simple, basic shapes as subject matter, students are forced to paint color and shape rather than be distracted by complicated details. They can ignore confusing landscape forms and concentrate on light and color, just as the first Impressionist painters had, led by Claude Monet, more than a century ago.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Art Class in Pasadena, California

Here is my oil painting class in my backyard in Pasadena, California. I follow a method of teaching plein air painting pioneered by my instructor and master impressionist, Henry Henche. In the summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Henry ran the Cape School of Art, where students would come from all over the country to learn outdoor color. I have been teaching this way for twenty years. Many of my students are making a living painting in the California.

In this photo, Tom Wilson, Heather Egeli, Holly Cory and Frances Pampeyan are doing color studies.