Date: Tuesdays, December 20, 2022-January 17, 2023
Time: 9:00-11:30 AM Pacific Time (12:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time/5:00-7:30 PM London Time)
Medium: Oil or acrylic
Supply List PDF – right-click or option-click to download
Painters use color and value to show how light describes nature. Learning the language of painting, and understanding light, gives us more freedom in choosing how we paint the objects we see, rather than having to look to nature for every decision.
In this workshop we will study the phenomenon of backlighting, where the light source is behind the object. Start with what you do know and gain skills by doing exercises that isolate different aspects of painting. This class is serious and joyful at the same time. It’s structured and supportive, so you’ll be able to find your zone and learn the next thing you are ready for.
Part 1 of 3 covered the fundamentals of backlighting and its three main subcategories: rim lighting, contre-jour (pronounced “contra zhoor”), and translucency; Part 2 includes lessons on color, composition, reflections, and colored glass. Part 3 goes into more complex setups and composition.
Class time is a combination of lecture, demo, and practice (so bring your gear!).
Aimee Erickson is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design. She has studied with a number of prominent painters including Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Burton Silverman, Joseph Paquet, William Park, Stephen Hayes and Ray Roberts. Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing and color theory locally and at venues nationwide.Her work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions, and most recently at Plein Air Easton. www.aimeeerickson.com