Why I Teach Painting Classes

When I first started painting with oil in late 2006, I struggled to understand and apply everything about the medium all at once, but when I switched my mindset from having to focus on everything all together to narrowing my attention to mastering one fundamental of painting at a time, things really began to take off for me.

Before that time, each painting experience had the potential of becoming emotionally discouraging and also a disaster in outcome, you know, making a bunch of mud. And in the beginning, the time I had to devote to learning to paint was precious, because I was still working as a full-time architect.

It is my belief that each painting opportunity needs to be a productive and meaningful experience.

When I first started painting, I searched for a way to make each painting experience more enjoyable and to have a plan that would help me feel that I was moving forward, I used my lunch breaks to read, research, and map out a course of action. It was during one of these mid-day breaks that I developed a method of self-study, I would focus on one painting fundamental at a time. I would work on one technique until I began to feel comfortable with it, and then I would move onto another, constantly spiraling up, getting better and better with each painting session.

This is why I teach.

Mastering-Painting-Fundamentals
{Harold Speed, one of my favorite authors on art instruction}

 And when I teach, I organize my classes to include:
1. Demonstrations
2. Specific exercises to explore one aspect of a painting technique at a time
3. Practice painting time

My goal in all of my classes is to provide the tools and the learning experiences that will enable individual artistic growth.

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Fall 2017 Classes

7 x 5 inches - oil on linen panel

Are you interested in learning to realistically paint with oils with a great deal of personal attention?

If so, I will be teaching three classes this autumn.

FLORAL STILL LIFE WITH OILS at the Arts of Great Falls
Wednesdays from 2 PM to 5 PM
Meeting on these days: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18
$240 for six sessions

PAINTING WITH OILS at the Arts of Great Falls
Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 PM
Meeting on these days: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18
$240 for six sessions

SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS at my home studio near Mount Vernon
Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM
This term we will begin with a 3-hour painting demonstration by me, then we will complete three skill growing exercises and four lessons on mastering how to paint metal objects.
Meeting on these days: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18
$305 for eight sessions

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Peaches and Quilt, 7 x 9 inches

Peaches and Quilt

Whenever I want to revel in color and luscious and thick paint, I paint peaches. There is something so warm and yummy about painting peaches.

Emotionally peaches remind me of summer and my grandfather, and whenever I was with him, I knew was being looked after and loved. Sometimes I find it amazing how we can connect with a object, however I am so happy we can because it makes life so much more rich and satisfying. My grandfather is no longer with me, and I have a million memories and they keep me company.

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Framed Painting
SOLD
{6″ x 9″ – oil on linen panel}
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Sunburst Lemon Aura Sunflower, 8 x 6 inches

Sunburst Lemon Aura Sunflower

A lovely new hybrid sunflower growing in my garden this summer.

When I painted this sunflower, my daughter Naomi immediately identified that the sunflower was missing its dark brown center, and to her mind, it was all wrong. This is when I brought up that these sunflowers have been around for a long time, but that this was my first summer growing them. To each is own, however I love how it really looks like a sunburst.

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Framed Painting
Available for Sale, $750, please email me for details
{8″ x 6″ – oil on prepared aluminum panel}
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“Sisa” Dahlias, 8 x 8 inches

“Sisa” Dahlias

It is always exciting when flowers I dreamed about and ordered in the spring begin blooming. This year I ordered 23 different dahlia tubers, and the variety “Sisa” is the first to really take off and bloom for me.

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Framed Painting
Available for Sale, $900, please email me for details
{8″ x 8″ – oil on linen panel}
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