Rose Irelan – Solving the Painting Process with Notan (Online); Fridays, June 23 & 30, 2023

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Date: Fridays, June 23 & 30, 2023
Time: 9:30-11:00 AM Pacific Time, 12:30-2:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:30-7:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: All

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Discover how to use the power of Notan to organize values and create a better composition, in this 2-week “crash course” with award winning artist Rose Irelan. 

By paring down the elements of the subject to a simple armature design of between 2 to 4 values, learn how to plan your composition and see possible design pitfalls in the sketching phase before moving on to painting.

Rose will demo in both gray markers and gouache for this class to show you a range of methods to work up your value studies. References will be supplied for this workshop and or you can work from your own photographs to practice notions and value notans.

Week 1 – Black and White Notans

We will learn what a Notan is and how you can best apply this beautiful aesthetic to your work. By paring down the elements of your subject to a simple armature design of 2 values you can better plan your composition and see possible design pitfalls in the sketching phase before moving on to painting. This is why Notan is such a valuable method to incorporate into your painting process. We will work from a variety of images and subjects. We will first use Master studies to understand the structure of master paintings. Then we will use photos and see how we can reduce those images into our own design interpretation using just black and white.

Week 2 – Value Notans (studies)

We will work with design solutions utilizing 3 and 4 values to make a value plan for your composition based on 4 major types of lighting situations. Exploring the power of designing within limitations and how working with a value plan actually creates more artistic expression and opportunity to find your own artistic voice.

Rose Irelan is an award-winning artist who loves to portray the wonder of life in her work, currently residing in the beauty of San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountains. Her Contemporary Impressionist Style captures nature’s rich and rugged displays of light with her in-depth understanding of color expressed through her energetic brushwork. “I want my paintings to convey the emotion that you experience from the terrain, the sea, and the wind.”
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design. After a 20-year career as a graphic designer/ illustrator, Rose found her initial love of painting again and followed her passion to paint full-time. She studied at Watts Atelier and has studied with many other great painters including Daniel Pinkham who was her first plein air painting teacher. With a passion for teaching, Rose has taught art, drawing and painting for the past 20 years.
Recently Rose received First Place for the 2022 Oil Painters of America all-member Exhibit. Rose also has received several other notable awards for National Juried Exhibits including the Seascape Award of  Excellence at the Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Show, 2021, Plein Air Salon’s “Best Water” painting, and “Best Oil “.
Rose paints outdoors en plein air and creates larger studio paintings from her experiences and color notations from nature. She also paints portraits and figurative paintings, not limiting what inspires or moves her as an

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