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David Sharpe-Light and Shadow-Painting the Emotional Landscape

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Franciscan Life Process Center

11650 Downes Street Northeast

Lowell, MI 49331

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We all see and admire painting that is charged with emotion- from it's simple design to its atmospheric play of light and shadow and subtle colour. Paintings that seem effortlessly composed and done. Paintings without a lot of colour theatrics but subtle shades and shapes of the land. Over 5 days I'll show you how I do it and give you the tools and techniques you can apply to deepen your own work emotionally. It takes plein air to a slightly higher plane of ‘less is more’ expression.

Over 5 days we'll cover:

- the history of what I define as emotional painting by examining and really breaking down what the past masters knew and put down, and look at and evaluate the techniques of some of the modern masters who in my opinion are doing the best work today and how they do it.

-An understanding of how light works as it hits the earth's forms throughout the day and a plus- the basics of painting the elusive night especially the elusive night palette.

-The huge importance of 'design' in your composition- how to invent and visually edit what’s there' and important tips on what NOT to put in! We’ll look at designing with shadow shapes and light shapes for dramatic effect.

-The importance of value and how it gives life to form. We'll do exercises in black and white then colour. Again we’ll look at how the masters did it and how some do it today.

-Preferring the reserve of a limited palette, we’ll look at my palette and I'll show you how I use it in my work. I’ll show you how to guickly ‘rough in’ approximate colour and value to get a sense of your painting.

-We'll look at the importance of drawing before you paint and the importance of the 'thumbnail' or the roadmap to better design.

The first 3 days will cover these fundamentals with me doing demos in the morning then after lunch you’ll apply what I’ve shown you to your own work- outside if the weather permits but from your photos if not.
The last 2 days will be me demoing in the mornings going over the principles again and you painting in the afternoon as I do one on ones with you. And one evening will be devoted to painting a nocturne so let’s hope for a moon!

As an added bonus I’ll show you how to use your iPad to make faster and more creative decisions on your work on the fly in the field.

I’ll also contact each student before hand to scope out exactly what you want to improve so I can make sure I’m teaching you what’s important to you personally.


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