2010 Summer Workshops

Once again this summer I will be teaching workshops at Willamette University's Art In the Park. I will also be teaching a Portrait Workshop on July 13 from 1:30 to 4:30pm. I will also be teaching a perspective workshop (The Design of Perspective) on July 14 from 1:30 to 4:30pm. There will be another Perspective workshop on July 15 from 1:30 to 4:30.
For more information:

From the Press Release:
Willamette University will hold “Art by the Park,” an art workshop for adults July 13-16.
It is held on the Willamette University campus and offers the option of overnight accommodations.
The workshop will comprise a selection of art classes taught by Willamette faculty and select community artists.
Participants will also have opportunities to explore the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University and downtown Salem.
The workshop is scheduled to allow participants to continue their art adventure by visiting the Salem Art Association's Annual Salem Art Fair and Festival which begins July 16 and is located only blocks away at Bush Pasture Park.
A four-day, three-night package that includes workshops, lodging, breakfast and lunch is $445 or $405 for double occupancy. When purchased separately, each three-hour workshop costs $40.
For more information about workshops and registration, please contact Leslie Whitaker at lwhitake@willamette.edu or (503) 375-5442.

Process Post-I Wanna Be Like The Other Ones. Part 1

I recently finished a 22 x 28" painting titled, I Wanna Be Like The Other Ones.  I took some "in-progress" images while I was working on it that I thought would be nice to share in order to talk about my process for the newer montage work.

I began by toning my gessoed canvas with red acrylic. I like to do this for two reasons:
1. If gives a nice warm  undertone for the subsequent oil layers
2. It creates a strong contrast so that I am not having to work off a white surface.

Here is a shot of my pallette and work space.
A. I use a glass palette because it allows me to scrape (C. Glass Scraper) off excess  or old paint easily and maintain and ordered work space. If I am working with delicate color mixes, sometimes I put a piece of white paper under the glass.
B. I use Odorless Mineral Spirits to clean my brushes. I highly recommend a sealable brush washer.
I use a galkyd mixture for my medium. Notice that the two should be in separate containers, otherwise your medium gets contaminated. There are lots of meduims out there and countless mixtures that will work, but over tiime I hae found that this one works for me. Mediums are used as vehicles for the paint. It makes them easier to handle, show texture and maintain luminosity.
D. I chose to start with a limited palette of colors because I wanted to focus on the central figure first and foremost. Again, there are lots of paint brands out there, I have found that my preferences are color specific. I love the Permalba white because it makes mixing easy and maintain a soft butter consistency. Experiment to find your preferences.

Here is a quick shot of my central figure. If you are familiar with my work, you may have noticed my use of a pink bunny graphic. This was something I developed in grad school as a type of signature. I often think of the anonymous pink bunny head as a type of self-portrait. In this painting I thought it would be interesting to make a more literal translation of the pink bunny. I found this great wind-up toy that suited my needs beautifully.

Anybody want to go to Scotland with me?

I will be conducting a class through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad in Scotland this summer (2010). It is a drawing course that will allow us to visit castles in and around Edinburgh and use the architecture and its environment as subject matter. More information to follow.
LINK to more information.

Summer Workshops

This summer I will be conducting three workshops for Willamette University's Art by the Park series.
Workshop Schedule:
Portrait Workshop on Wednesday, July 15 from 1:30-4:30pm
Perspective Workshop on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-4:00pm
Drawing Workshop on Friday, July 17 from 9-noon
is the link to the website for additional information, scheduling and registration.