The best paintings begin with a sense of excitement, and Heidi Marshall’s workshop will focus on the importance of capturing the emotional response in painting. This does not mean searching for unusual subject matter, but rather being stimulated by the beauty of a scene and making the commonplace arresting. That takes slowing down, looking inward, and listening to one’s heart.
While some students may be familiar with the process of instilling emotion in their work, others may not know how to get started. No matter their skill level, students in this workshop will experience the process, step-by-step, which will prove to be a time of great artistic discovery.
In the beginning, students will concentrate on the importance of seeing and gathering ideas—dreaming of possibilities. Once there’s a kernel of an idea, they’ll do some sketches that will lead to more ideas. Everything in this workshop involves a process and getting to a place that allows successes to be inevitable. The elements of design and technique will not be abandoned in pursuit of ideas—all will be considered, just in different ways. Early on, the important aspects of value and design will be discussed, with support continually given to all students.
During the workshop, students will be posed with questions to help them on their journey: “What should be expressed in this painting? What’s the mood or feeling that should be present? What’s the best way to make it happen? How does an understanding of value, edges, and composition help establish an artist’s intentions?” This workshop will present and exciting experience, filled with hard work, self-reflection, and fun!
Heidi demonstrates in pastel but works in all mediums. Artists of all skill levels working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastels are welcome.