Painting the Interior Still Life (five-session workshop)

The painted subject matter of interiors was portrayed by many artists like Rembrandt, Velasquez, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh, and continues to be an important subject today. In this workshop you will learn how to relate to interior space within your own paintings.

We are going to work from a still life set up, and you will learn how light creates space on a two dimensional surface. Additionally, you will learn to incorporate the walls, floor and even the ceilings, into your compositions, moving beyond the still life. We will work on finishing a painting in each session, or sitting of three hours. You will learn about relationships in color mixing, values, diversity of paint applications and the mining of edges in relation to space. You will also learn in how to balance your main focal point, in our case the still life, with the activity of the space around.

This workshop will be great for students who have taken still life, figure painting, or landscape painting but you will get the benefit of exploring a different concept of space.

What you will learn:

  • How to balance a painting with many point of interest (multiple focal point)

  • Mixing colors

  • Learning to see colors temperature, values, and how to translate them from life to a two-dimensional panel in order to create a feeling of light and space in the painting

  • Learning to balance what we see with what we feel in order to create a painting

Required supplies:

  • Turpenoid

  • Medium: Liquin Original

  • Paper towels

  • Pizza box (to transport wet paintings)

  • Brushes

  • A few small painting panels 8″x 10″ inches and 10″ x 12″ inches

  • Oil paints. Winton/Windsor & Newton colors (40 ml tube)suggested: Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, French Ultramarine, Titanium White (150 ml), Ivory Black, Permanent Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Indian Red, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber.

  • The instructor will talk about brushes during the first class. Bring any brushes that you might already have.

  • If you already have a color palette that you are familiar with and it works for you, please use these colors.