Still Life Painting with Food


June 5-9
10 am-5pm
Instructor:  Cindy Procious

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June 5-9
10 am-5 pm
Instructor:  Cindy Procious

In this five-day workshop, contemporary realist painter Cindy Procious will teach students to paint still life incorporating food and drink.
Students will learn a layered indirect painting technique, incorporating underpainting, layering and glazing. We will explore a variety of techniques for realistically creating the illusion of different surface textures, as well as how to achieve rich color and depth of form to create a luminous work of art with a high level of finish. Emphasis will be placed on design, composition, and lighting to create a dramatic still life set up. Working from direct observation, we will cover the basic elements of painting in oil – from the initial drawing on canvas, to color,
value, edge control, glazing/scumbling, and a discussion of final varnishing.  Through demonstration and individual instruction in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, students will be guided through the entire process from the first drawing on the canvas to the finishing flourishes.

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day.  Feel free to bring your own lunch, or enjoy  several dining options in our southside neighborhood.  For students traveling from out of town, let us know if you need help with accommodation or travel recommendations.  We will be happy to help!

Day 1:
Set up composition, light and photograph.
Day 2:
Draw composition on paper and transfer to panel. Begin underpainting.
Day 3, 4 & 5:
Finish underpainting, begin overpainting. Cover glazing/scumbling for final

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About the instructor:
Cindy Procious, born in 1965, is a contemporary American Realist painter. Recognized for her highly detailed paintings executed in the time-honored techniques of the Old Masters, her work is crafted with elaborate under paintings and then built upon with layers of glazes and color – the final effect is both intricate and delicate. With a keen eye for color, composition and light, her paintings are a blend of a devout appreciation for artistic tradition and a contemporary aesthetic sensibility.  A member of the American Society of Portrait Artists & Oil Painters of America, and the mother of three, Procious lives in Chattanooga with her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, Clay Bennett.   She is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA, The Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ,  Haynes Gallery in Nashville, TN, The Hearle Gallery in Chatham, MA, and Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, CT.