David Mensing - Skylight: Capturing Color and Movement in the Sky with the Palette Knife (Online); Mondays, October 26-November 16, 2020

Date: Mondays, October 26-November 16, 2020
Time: 9:30AM-12:30PM PDT
Level: All
Medium: Oil
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an IPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

Join David Mensing online for ‘SKYLIGHT,’ an exciting and inspiring course in the development of all types of skyscapes. It is no wonder that skies and sunsets are favorite subjects for artists across the world. With purpose, care and the proper technique, a skyscape/sunset can be more than just an accurate rendering. A powerful sky painting can be a statement about creation, life and the passage of time.

Students will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques for vibrant compositions, focusing on the palette knife and its remarkable flexibility as a painting tool. With lively discussion, demonstration and exercises we will expand on the critical elements of meaningful sky paintings and challenge you to go beyond a simple rendering. Discussion topics will include placement of the horizon line and the use of perspective to achieve depth, compressing values, exploiting complimentary colors and describing clouds using a variety of body and edge treatments.

Attention to certain key principles of painting can accelerate growth as an Artist. Even modest growth in these areas can have profound impact on overall quality of work. An Artist of any skill level that develops a deeper appreciation and understanding of color and composition in the sky is poised to make significant improvement in their work.

David Mensing‘s paintings are featured in collections and exhibitions across the nation and around the globe. He grew up in Iowa, surrounded by wide prairies and carefully groomed cornfields.  When he moved to The West as a young man, he was captivated by its raw beauty. Mensing’s ambition is to know and share that beauty through his work.  For Dave, each painting is a statement – his architectural background contributes to his compelling designs and he is careful to select titles that reflect the character and spiritual basis of the work. 

David Mensing lives in Sisters, Oregon with his wife and their three children.  

Numerous periodicals have featured his work with cover images and feature articles, including American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector.  Recent national awards include Southwest Art’s ‘Award of Excellence’ in Icons of the West and Art and Soul:  ‘Professional Juror / Best of Show.’


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