Community Arts Center in Gloucester, Virginia
One event on April 16, 2023 at 10:00 am
Join Thomas Bradshaw as he teaches a 2-day Plein air workshop where students will go in-depth learning how to paint Plein air with oil. Students will explore how to simplify a technically difficult scene. Students will work from a limited pallet and learn how to achieve unlimited colors, while exploring how to use color temperature and build colors from dark to light. Students will work alla prima, which simply means to work start to finish in one session. Bradshaw will teach students new and invigorating techniques behind the brush, along with the knife. Basic knowledge of painting is required. Since the workshop will take place outside and weather can be unpredictable, please dress accordingly and bring extra layers.
*A supply list will be given at registration.
Cost per student for the 2-day workshop is $325.00.
Registration deadline is Saturday, April 8 by 5pm.
About the Instructor
Richmond based Plein air artist, Thomas Bradshaw, has been honing his painting skills since he was a small child watching his grandmother create still life paintings in her basement studio. After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Graphic Design, he moved west to Jackson Hole, Wy where his evolution into a Plein air artist began to take shape.
Having always loved the outdoors, Thomas began to paint in and around Jackson Hole setting up his easel to capture the breathtaking western landscapes. He soon realized it was the perfect marriage of his two passions, painting and being in nature.
“Jackson Hole was a place where I could immerse myself in the style of art that has always been my first love”. Thomas often says “ I have always loved seeing a painterly painted painting”.
His loose painterly style allows him to imply detail without overstating it. Using brushwork and a palette knife to create a textural impression which draws the viewer in for a closer look. Utilizing a limited palette, Thomas is able to create shimmering light through temperature and value and bring to life the way in which it illuminates the scene as a single moment in time. Painting Plein air forces the artist to recognize that light is the heart of any painting and that light is the quality that inspires the dynamic nature of the landscape.
Thomas is currently teaching a Master Class in Richmond and he is enjoying the pleasures and challenges of painting, teaching and spending time with his family.