Tracy Everly - The Power of Limits (Online); Tuesdays, January 10, 17, February 7 & 14, 2023

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 17, February 7 & 14, 2023
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Pacific Time/3:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time/8:00 PM-10:00 AM London Time
Level: All
Medium: All – Demos will be done in oil

The world around us is full of limitless visual beauty, and we have a multitude of options when we set out to make art of any kind. Wrangling what we see and feel into a concrete 2-dimentional composition can be overwhelming. One of the core practices I employ when making paintings is to limit materials, values, ideas, and more. Limiting comes in many forms and we will discuss several of them in these weekly sessions.   

Each two-hour session will include discussion, examples, and a demonstration. These classes are meant to further your understanding of concepts and skills specifically related to the idea of limits. We will not focus on creating paintings from beginning to end.  

Participants will work on a composition of their choice during the week from whatever motif/reference they would like. Tracy encourages working from direct observation as much as possible, but working from your own photos is also OK. Tracy will work in oil, but participants can work in their medium of choice. 

Sign up for one or take all four of these workshops as a series. Each session includes a 2-hour Zoom lesson with Tracy and a private class group message board for students to share their work and give and get feedback.

In this series of four classes, we will explore the following:

January 10: Limiting values – Structure

Limiting values helps us to simplify what we see. It also helps create cohesive paintings with shapes organized into patterns and pathways, forming a structure.  We will discuss examples of limited-value paintings and will create our own limited value plan and painting study.  


January 17: Limiting palette – Harmony

Creating a subpalette or more limited palette that fits the mood and feeling of each particular painting helps create a sense of harmony. We will walk through the process of creating a subject-based subpalette and painting study. 


February 7: Limiting ideas – Clarity 

A painting trying to convey too many ideas can be confusing to the viewer (and can make painting even harder). I often remind myself to let each painting be what it is, to not try to paint every painting in one.  We will discuss the idea of limiting a painting to be about fewer ideas and will create our own paintings focused on this idea. 

February 14: Limiting time – Liveliness 

Knowing when to stop a painting before over-working is one of the universal challenges facing painters. Overworked paintings can lack energy and look lifeless. There are many ways to approach this challenge, but working in timed sessions offers a way to determine whether to keep going or to stop. We will discuss the thought process behind this way of working and will create our own paintings done in timed sessions.

Tracy Everly is an award-winning painter. She has studied occasionally at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but she is also largely self-taught, having put together her own educational path held together by dogged determination and love of art.

Her teaching objective is to create a positive educational, empowering students to take risks, ask questions and pursue their own individual artistic path. Her method involves sharing her own artistic process fully and openly, aiming to help students build tangible foundational skills and to offer guidance about materials, but she also focuses on mindset and thought process as important aspects of creating art.


About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. 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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

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The Power of Limits - All Four Sessions
January 10: Limiting Values - Structure
January 17: Limiting Palette - Harmony
February 7 - Limiting Ideas - Clarity
February 14 - Limiting Time - Liveliness