Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Class Schedule for March -April!


Luminous Watercolors !
Watercolors Classes designed to help you achieve fresh
exciting paintings you will be proud to show!
Gordon Meggison has designed several "immediate reward" exercises that affirm key painting techniques to assure your approach is strong and successful. He encourages "play" as an essential part of learning often set aside for the "serious work" of adulthood. This "Fountain of Youth" ingredient helps you discover the pleasure, sense of poetry and accomplishment that is watercolor. Gordon will help you become "fluid" and loose, one of the features that watercolors is specially designed to meet. Join me and lets have fun!

Gordon's watercolor class schedules are currently as follows:
Reddi Arts: Fridays 10 am -1pm Starting Mar 2- ending April 6
Cost $195.
http://www.reddiarts.com/ClassesandWorkshops.html
www.reddiarts.com or call Jim (904)398-3161 ext 319

JCA: Mondays 10 am - 12pm Starting Mar 5-ending April 9
or: Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm Starting Mar 7-ending April 11
Cost: JCA members: $102. , $153 for non members
www.jcajax.org, or call Thelma Neid at (904)730-2100 ext 227 thelma.nied@jcajax.org

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach : Please Request- Upon sufficient request by students, five members is the minimum requirement. www.ccpvb.org or email lrodante@ccpvb.org


Also- Refreshingly Simple Oil Painting!
Oil Painting can be easy or difficult. If you want to avoid tired overworked
oil paintings, Gordon Meggison has simple techniques that get you there fast!
We all want to paint like a pro, but first the basics need to get established or you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over and working yourself to death with little satisfaction. His approach to oil painting covers your introduction from the drawing, sketch wash, and leads you quickly to a pleasing finish in just a few calculated steps. Gordon will help you spot solutions so you can get on with doing what you really want to do, make great paintings!

Classes for Oils at JCA : (www.jcajax.org)
Mondays 7pm - 9pm Starting Mar 5 - ending April 9
Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm Starting Mar 7-ending April 11
Cost: JCA members $102., $153 for non members
or call Thelma Neid at (904)730-2100 ext 227 or email - thelma.nied@jcajax.org
For materials lists go to host site or www.gordonmeggison.blogspot.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Painting Atmospheric Effects in Oils



Sometimes a painting is not about a particular thing , rather it is about the space around the apparent subject. In this case the subject is not the farmhouse, but about the Tuscan landscape. Here in a couple of hours I rendered a small painting of the Tuscan atmosphere as the hills recede into the distance. Flattening out the treatment of the distant hills makes any detail in the foreground look more close and intimate, but there really is very little detail in this picture. Using warm yellow ochre and some orange and reds muted back in almost everything, even the greens, "warms" the tonal range of the picture to capture that warm summer in the Italian countryside as a day is setting. I could take this basic picture now and warm it and soften it further by adding glazes, but it needs to dry a bit before that can happen. That would be done with oily glaze mixes using burnt sienna. An artist that I love is George Inness if you want to study more atmospheric qualities of light in the way he handled his
landscape subject.