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Mike Mahon Portrait Workshop
March 30- April 1, 2017 • Weatherford, Texas
Develop your skills in painting & drawing that most fascinating subject ...
...the human face
During the workshop you will work from a live model and photos. Along with Mike’s demonstrations, you will learn drawing, proportion, and observation skills that will bring your portraits to life. You will learn how to measure from life and from a photo and transfer accurately and quickly to your working surface.
All painting & drawing mediums are welcome, but demonstrations will be in oil or pastel. Emphasis will be on learning the keys to accuracy and thinking in aesthetic categories.
The ONE THING you must master in order to paint and draw great portraits and character studies will be revealed in Mike’s new PowerPoint Presentation.
Some things you will learn:
- Basic structure and proportions of the head
- How to map & measure features from life
- Exercises that will improve rendering any pose
- Why drawing faces can be easier than landscapes
- How to begin your portrait to insure success
- How to pose models and use lighting
- Professional commercial art techniques for controlling your accuracy
What you will receive as a participant
Because it is difficult to retain all of the new information presented at any workshop, Mike is providing extensive workshop materials that you will have available at home to review at your leisure.
• 3 ring binder portrait workbook summarizing and illustrating Mike's portrait procedure
• Video* of Mike's portrait demonstration
• Video* of Mike's portrait powerpoint presentation
*The videos will be made available exclusively to workshop participates shortly after the workshop. After Mike edits the videos participants will receive a private link to workshop videos which can be viewed as often as desired.
Click the image below to view a 6 minute speed portrait demonstration by Mike.
Portraiture has always been Mike’s passion!
He has received many awards and honors for his portrait work around the country, including two Best of Show awards for his portraits and figures. He was a featured artist in the book, “100 Ways to Paint People and Figures” published in 2004 by International Artist Magazine.
Recently Mike was honored to produce a 3 painting series of portraits for the feature length movie, "Woman Walks Ahead". The paintings were of the actor playing Sitting Bull in this movie which centers around a famous portrait of the Indian Chief by a socialite woman artist from New York City in 1889.
“I’ve read and heard other methods (for portraits) but yours made more sense to me. It was also good to get a clear picture of how measuring is done from life. I really like the mix- demonstrations, lectures, practice and application. You have a good balance and practical information.”
“The most valuable thing I learned in this portrait workshop were *the discipline of measurement, *going from discipline of measuring to a beautiful painterly looseness. *Excellent teaching style
*Laid back, but disciplined
*Lots of good practice and excellent demonstrations which made a good balance.”
You can see more of Mike’s portrait work and student testimonials at
Workshop Location & Schedule
Best Western Plus Cutting Horse Inn, 210 Alford Dr, Weatherford, TX 76086. Call the Weatherford Best Western at 817-599-3300 to reserve your room. Tell them that you are in the Mike Mahon Workshop to receive special discounted price.
9 am to 4 pm daily -
Thursday- Demonstration painting by Mike in the morning – drawing & measuring exercises in the afternoon
Friday- Drawing & painting from a live model including lighting and posing techniques
Saturday- Drawing & painting from photographs, ending with a class critique
Click the image below to view a 4 minute speed portrait demonstration by Mike.
• Tuition is $495. A $100 registration non-refundable deposit will hold your spot in the workshop. The balance is due by March 1, 2017. Students will split the model’s fee.
• When we receive your deposit, you will be sent a notice of confirmation and a materials list. Class size is limited, so send in your deposit ASAP.
A word about skill levels
This is a beginner-friendly workshop! Just call for a preparatory phone consultation with Mike if you have had little or no experience. Mike recommends pastel, pencil, or charcoal rather than oil or acrylic for beginners. Since so much of the information in the workshop is new, even for experienced painters, it will be a challenging learning experience for everyone.
Contact Mike or Cynthia at 505-473-1098, 505-795-4639 (Mike’s cell) or e-mail email@example.com. Or contact locally June Hardin by calling or texting her at 940-859-1543.
Mike enjoys teaching, and will do everything he can to insure a good learning situation for you!
After graduating from art school, Mike was the art director of an advertising agency and of a large commercial printing company. He operated an film animation studio and owned a commercial art and photography studio before starting his full time fine art career. During his over 40 years of commercial and fine art experience, he has devel- oped the speed and accuracy that are essential in successful painting. He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), American Plains Artists (APA), Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM), and long-time member of the Portrait Society of America.
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For more than 40 years, Mike Mahon has captured the essence of the Texas, New Mexico and Santa Fe areas through his landscape paintings and portraits. His works focus on the unusual and off-the-path scenes, catching slice-of-life vignettes in bright and vibrant colors in his impressionist style pastel and oil paintings.
Mahon has studied under several internationally recognized artists, including Ben Konis (pastel and oil), Kim English (oil), Judi Betts (watercolor), John Budicin (oil) and Albert Handell (pastel and oil). He also has past experience in fine art, commercial art and photography, as well as previous work as a film animator, all of which has given him a unique and versatile eye for expressing himself through pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor and photography.