| MICHAEL WORKMAN
Landscape – Indoors
February 4 – 8, 2013
For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape and is ultimately completed by the viewers through their emotional responses to the painting. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman’s art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. “That flirtation between yin and yang is by design, because in Workman’s view, mastering those opposites is a source of unparalleled magic.” (SouthWest Art, September 1996).
This will be primarily an indoor class. Michael will be painting throughout the week, thus allowing the participant to see first hand how he addresses these same subjects in his own work. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students, while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique designed to help each student achieve their own personal vision. Students should already have basic drawing skills and prior experience with landscape painting.
In this class, we will paint mostly from photographs, so bring photos that you might want to work from and a camera, as there is some fantastic subject matter in the area. We will talk a lot about what makes good photos for painting and what to look for when you are out in the field. This is mostly a landscape class so don’t bring photos of people, pets etc.
Bring a lap top computer if you have one. It is really nice to be able to edit photos and paint from the laptop screen.
Michael encourages self-direction and personal discovery and wants to help students find their own way to solve art problems. If you have a palette of colors that you feel good about use them. However, for those who want to know exactly what he does, the school will be sending out his supply list about 45 days before the class begins.
For the students that want to do a “paint along with Mike” which is something he has been doing in workshops lately where everyone paints from the exact same image on the same size panel etc., bring a rigid 12″x12″ panel primed with gesso and ready to paint on. Other than that panel, bring what you are comfortable with.
If you have some images of some recent work bring those so he can see where you are. People always ask what books he recommends. Here is a couple to think about buying if you don’t already have them: John F. Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting and Edgar Payne’s book on composition.
INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED
PORTABLE EASEL NECESSARY
Michael received both a BA and an MFA degree in studio art from Brigham Young University. That training is evident in the symmetry of Michaels’s compositions, his nimble blending of old master techniques with modern ideas and his delicately restrained use of light and color. On a number of levels, his paintings are a harmonious blend of opposites: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity.
Workman’s work has been featured in numerous one person shows around the country. He has been published in most of the major art publications in the United States. See his work at www.workmanstudio.com. He is represented by Meyer Galley East in Santa Fe, N.M.(www.meyereastgallery.com).