If you would like me to speak, demonstrate, or teach in your area, for an artist’s group, a school, or a museum, give me a call at 505 982-4561, and let’s see what we can put together. Or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past workshops have varied from week-long camping trips in Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly to Luxury accommodations in France, Mexico, Spain and Peru.
As a firm believer in “you learn to do by doing”, I will help you find your own voice, develop your own “eye”, rather than simply show you a technique or an approach to copy.
I will encourage you to express your own vision and make suggestions to help you improve your work and achieve your goals as an artist.
THE (UN)LIMITED PALETTE
One day workshop
In this workshop you will learn color theory, color mixing, using colors and mediums that work well together.
Two or three day workshop
In addition to the above, we will cover deciding what to paint, where to find inspiration, how to learn from others, past and present, and how to develop your own style.
Five to seven day workshops
In these extended workshops we will elaborate and expand on the lessons already introduced, and delve more deeply into the methods and techniques best suited to your individual interests and talent.
Two week workshops are occasionally available. Call for information. 505 982-4561
PAINTING WITH JUST THE PRIMARIES: BLUE, RED, AND YELLOW
(Plus white, in oil or acrylic)
The monitor you are reading this on is capable of making 16.8 million colors using just red, green and blue light. With three pigments, a Blue, a Red, and a Yellow, we will be able to do even more.
The lessons you learn in this class will apply equally to any subject you choose to paint.
Whatever your subject, and whether you work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor, this system will simplify, clarify and enable your color mixing.
In addition to horses, I have painted colorful Hopi Kachinas using this three pigment system, and I have painted still lifes that have ranged from Lemons on a Serape, to a Mexican Watermelon, to Little Green Apples, and I always have the color I need, without having to search a crowded palette or make an emergency run to the art supply store.
This 20 by 30 foot mural and this 2.5 by 5 inch watercolor sketch, were both painted using the same three pigments.
Do you just give up and paint the horse black, after deciding whether to use Lamp Black, Coal Black, Brand B Black, etc? Do you try using something simple like Burnt Umber with a little Yellow Ochre and White for the light?
My method is simple, effective, and inexpensive. Buy only the paints you need. Use all the paints you buy. No more mud. No more confusion. You'll learn to get clean, clear, translucent grays. You'll get deep, velvety blacks or hard, shiny blacks, and subtle changes within your blacks. You'll learn how easy it can be to mix colors that are clean and pure and complex, yet easily mixed.
Shopping can be fun, especially in an art supply store. But are you sometimes bewildered by the giant array of colors, with their exotic sounding names and the inconsistency between brands?
When you get them back to the studio do you often find that you still don’t have a color called Backlit Chestnut Horse on a Lightly Overcast Day in August? And when you try mixing, say, Burnt Sienna with Payne’s Gray, and Aureolin Yellow, with a little Manganese Blue and eight or nine other colors to get that effect you’re after, do you end up with a muddy mess, instead?
If you are just starting out, this class could save you years of confusion and difficulty.
If you are already an accomplished painter, you will be familiar with the problems. You may be frightened by the prospect of giving up old habits and old favorites and trying something new. Don’t be. This class will open your eyes to easier, quicker and surer ways to express yourself and the world around you.
A painter with a contemporary eye and a traditional hand, John Farnsworth has been a full-time professional artist for over forty five years. His works are in private and corporate collections here and abroad... Since the 1960's, he has worked in acrylic, oil, and watercolor using only the primaries, red, yellow and blue, since 1978. His subjects range from people to places, from still-life to animals. He is represented in New Mexico by DAFA, David Anthony Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico, and Pierson Gallery, Tulsa, OK.
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." (John Cotton Dana)