David Sharpe – Painting Mood Using the Three Keys of Light (Online); Mondays, June 5-19, 2023

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Date: Mondays, June 5-19, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic – Instructor will demo in oil

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Painting mood is all about capturing a ‘quality of light’. But painting  a believable quality of light in your work is one of the most challenging things for a painter. Most scenes can actually be classified into just one of three envelopes or ‘keys’ of light. Knowing which one your scene falls into will help you determine the value range you need to stay in to get that believability.

In this course, artist  David Sharpe will teach and demo one key of light per week. Students will be assigned homework and David  will provide side-by-side critiques using Procreate so participants can  virtually ‘see’ what he’s saying.

Canadian artist David Sharpe describes his influences as the American, British and Russian Impressionist painters of the 20th Century, with a special affinity for the American Tonalists of the 20th Century. He moves fluidly between tonalism, his own brand of impressionism and expressive non-representational abstraction.

An Honors graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Sharpe taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. A skilled art instructor, he lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where he sat on the College’s Advisory Board.

David Sharpe’s work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is actively collected in Canada and the USA. He is a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society and is the only Canadian member of the prestigious and exclusive American Tonalist Society. He lives and works in Cochrane – a small ranching town in the foothills near Calgary Alberta, Canada.

He is represented by Mountain Galleries in Banff, Jasper and Whistler BC and Village Studios in Stratford, Ontario.


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