Lost and Found – Landscape painting with Jon Redmond
July 16th – 30th, 2018
Jon Redmond, Mowing Geometry, oil on board, 10″x 10″
Painting out of doors and dealing with the complexities of nature can often be overwhelming. This two week workshop will focus on my personal approach to working outside of the studio and will help you simplify your methods, make sense of the space before you, and give you the skills to work though any painting problem.
We will begin by understanding how your material choices, preparations and work habits can open up your ability to truly appreciate your subject and capture the unique natural light of your surroundings.
Immersed in the beautiful historic landscape and rural Italian architecture of the Civita Castellana region, you will develop a deeper understanding of the subtleties of nature, and find new ways to record your personal perceptions.
I will demonstrate a lost and found approach to working through a painting. By utilizing a pattern of building and destroying form we will begin to embrace, rather than be afraid of the inherent difficulties of oil paint. This approach enables you to push your decisions in unexpected directions and improves your ability to work your way out of difficulty. I will also teach a “no drawing” approach to constructing a painting. Letting the proper choice of color and value masses determine the eventual placement of edges and form. With this open ended painting style, you will be better able to quickly think on your feet and truly enjoy the exploration of the landscape and painted surface before you.
Special emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the pigments you use.
The importance of transparent versus opaque oil pigments and how the differences between them can be used to effectively enhance the description of perceived light and shadow.
Some of the important subjects that will be covered during the two weeks are:
-Palette set up and pigments
-Proper use of a painting mediums
-Varying your mark making
-The importance of value relationships.
-The unimportance of contour line
-Seeing color temperature
-Troubles with paint layering
-Simplifying color mixing
-Understanding atmospheric color
-Mixing neutral colors
-Thoughts on subject and composition
Class will meet after lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 3pm to 7:30pm. I will demo on most days for the first hour or so of the class and the rest of the afternoon/evening the group will paint on sight where I will be able to work with you individually. We will explore several diverse locations around the area and take advantage of the villages rich landscape and architecture.
We may choose on some days to meet in the morning in place of an afternoon session. to enable us to capture various light conditions.
A morning Critique/discussion will take place on Wednesdays from 10am to noon. Critiques of your work and discussions on the the materials and the approaches of contemporary and historical artists will be part of your class.
Special group excursions open to all JSS participants will be held on Thursdays (see the “Excursions” link for more info)
Weekends are free for you to work and explore on your own.
I encourage you to incorporate my methods and materials in class but feel free to work in any manner or medium that you wish.
All skill levels are welcome.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.