March 21, 22 ,23

Wed 1 – 5pm / Thurs & Fri 9am-5pm

Cost is $220

Location: Maupin Oregon / Ask about lodging options

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Take Your Art To The Next Level 

Design may be the most important aspect of a successful painting. We’ll study design concepts as we play with portrait painting. Rene will introduce techniques for creating layers of complexity, interest and unity in your work using texture and patterning. Plan to work on several paintings during the workshop as you discover what resonates with you. You’ll have one finished painting plus several starts to work on later.

Includes demos by Rene plus one-on one work with each participant.  Any level of experience is welcome. Be prepared to play and experiment – that is how we learn, and where the joy is!

Bring your watercolor painting supplies, some paintings that you’re not happy with, reference images and materials for collage if desired. Complete Supply List is included in the link above.

Lodging and Lunches

If you’re coming from out of town, there are several lodging options. Write and I can send more info.

Lunches will be provided by the Maupin Market for $8 each. Opt out if you prefer and bring your own lunch.

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Questions? Contact me at:
rene.art@gmail.com or 503-890-9668

Day 1 / Wednesday, March 21

Afternoon: A presentation on style and design considerations for portraits shows how to make a compelling composition.

Take the fear out of portrait painting by making a value sketch first.

Easy transfer methods will be introduced.

Rene will offer a refresher on paint application with a focus on the ratio of paint to water.

Day 2 / Thursday, March 22

Morning: Rene will set up a pour station and demonstrate how to create loose, interesting backgrounds.

You’ll learn Rene’s recipe for creating good skin tones and practice painting them, with guidance on how to paint the features.

Work with Rene one-on-one to iron out any issues as you begin to develop your portraits.

Afternoon: Use a transfer method again to start a duplicate painting on treated paper to understand the difference.

Rene will offer feedback on work in progress — feel free to also bring other artwork for critique, finished or in progress.

Day 3 / Friday, March 23

Morning: We’ll continue painting our portraits, including demo/discussion on using creative color.

Rene will also cover more advanced concepts such as the how and why of hard and soft edges.

Afternoon: You’ll have more painting time with spot demos.

Celebrate our successes with an art share.

Rene will present “New Beginnings for Old Paintings”.