More than a Still Life: Building Form and Presence with Color, Mark, Value, and Intent
January 20-22, 2023
10am-5 pm EST @ Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Scott Conary
students may choose to paint in either oils or acrylics
Portland, Oregon-based artist, Scott Conary is back at Townsend Atelier in 2023! In this three-day workshop, we will explore and play with the language of painting, from the abstract to the ‘real’, to find ways to create more dynamic and engaging work with weight, form, space. In each session, with a focus on developing work that presence, we will tackle a different aspect of the painting puzzle from embracing process and revision, to extracting more from the materials to the challenges of perceiving and conveying light and color, to the power of our own motivations. We will draw, paint, discuss, make some messes and, when appropriate, critique. The goal is always to make that more personal work that shares, however boldly or sensitively, our love and interest in a subject and the act of painting. Students can choose to work from life and photographs of their choosing.
There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Lunch is on your own. For those traveling from out of town, please let us know if you need help with accommodation recommendations.
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Raised where the East Coast suburbs filtered into the woods and farms, Scott Conary (Rhode Island School of Design, BFA ’93) creates oil paintings of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, these objects say something about how we interact with the world and one another. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the mess and splendor of the broken egg, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the weathered door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.
Fueling and inspiring this work is his young daughter’s battle with complicated heart defects, her experiences with disability, and the impact this has had on those around her. This has directed his focus toward the narratives and tensions in the everyday and is why he wanders deeper into the thicket of representational work. As an extension of his love of paint and the simple narrative, Conary gives lectures and runs workshops around the country and online. He and his family live in Portland, Oregon.
Conary is represented by the Principle Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Bowersock Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Turner Fine Art (Jackson, WY), and the Charlestown Gallery (Charlestown, RI).
We are unable to give refunds for visiting artist workshops unless the workshop is cancelled by Townsend Atelier.