From Source to Studio
Oct 21 - 25, 2013
Students will be utilizing as much time as nature and the weather permits painting en plein air in and around beautiful Sedona with the last 1 1/2 days devoted to working larger or more developed work out of the plein air studies and photo reference.
The issues encountered when transforming field studies to studio pieces will be discussed in full. Jill will demo on alternate days and on the others give either a short lecture or a slide show. We will break down the process of producing a painting into core components: identifying a motif; choosing a design to best complement that motif; identifying the main masses; observing and mixing accurate colors and values; developing the focal point; and finally, effective and interesting paint application. This class is open to all levels but best suited to those students with at least some experience painting en plein air.
Jill Carver will be the Keynote speaker for the 2013 Sedona Plein Air Festival on Wednesday evening Oct Both studio and plein air work by Jill will be available for viewing and sale. Jill's Keynote will address the transition from plein air to studio work that is involved in her larger paintings. This workshop meets during the week of the Festival with the accumulated paintings from the Festival on display Saturday, Oct 26.
TUITION: $650 Students may choose to use a payment plan during the registration process. Your position in the workshop can be held with a $100 deposit. The balance is due 30 days before the workshop is held.
About Jill Carver
My work walks the ?line? between abstraction and realism, and I enjoy that ?dance? or ?tension?. As I keep reminding my students, artists should think of themselves as poets rather than journalists. I want to say something ?specific? about my reaction to a place or a moment in time ? to capture the essence but not the whole. I process any idea through analyzing it in terms of shapes of abstract color rather than content. Certain elements will be eliminated totally and others exaggerated to achieve that goal. I particularly enjoy taking something ordinary or incidental and creating an iconic image of it that celebrates nature and challenges the viewer to be more observant of their surroundings.?
Originally from London, England, Jill Carver moved to the United States ten years ago. Before becoming a full time professional artist, she was a curatorial research assistant at the National Portrait Gallery in London for 12 years. Jill currently divides her time between Austin, Texas, and Rico, Colorado.
A ?painter?s painter?, recognition for her work has come quickly, and she has won numerous awards including ?Artists Choice?, most recently at the Laguna Beach Invitational in 2009 and previously at Telluride in 2009 and at Plein Air Easton in 2008. She has participated in the prestigious Maynard Dixon Country event for four consecutive years, and is a popular and highly regarded teacher.
In January 2009 the editors of Southwest Art Magazine named her as one of ten artists to watch. They followed up with a feature length article in June of 2010. To view the article click here.
Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, named her as one of three artists to watch in the Sept/Oct 2010 issue of FAC. To view that article click here.
Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, with subsequent meeting times and locations to be arranged by the instructor.