August 1 & 2
10 am-5 pm
Instructor: Dave Salerno
Trees are a very common element in landscape painting, appearing in almost all landscapes, with a few exceptions such as desert scenes. Therefore, it is essential to be able to paint credible images of trees. The degree of skill painting trees can make or break a landscape painting. A beautifully painted tree can even be the main focus of a painting.
Many artists find painting trees to be a challenge, possibly because there so many different species. Beside the simple separation of evergreen vs deciduous trees, each variety has its own characteristics.
The most effective and efficient way to improve our painting skill for any element in the landscape is to isolate and focus on that element. To paint trees well, paint a lot of trees! The instructor will discuss and demonstrate solutions to some of the common problems encountered when painting trees, including how to make trees look tall on a small painting surface, how to make them look firmly attached to the earth, and how to indicate their depth on the flat painting surface. Sky holes, branches, tree groups, the challenge of using green paint, and other issues will also be covered.
The goal will be for participants to each paint at least 2 oil studies dealing with different manifestations of trees. Participants can choose from digital images that the instructor will send out in advance, or use their own images.
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About the Instructor:
David Michael Salerno is a representational oil painter with interest in landscape (including plein air), still-life, figurative and portrait painting. Noticing his interest in drawing as a young boy, his artist mother bought him an instructional drawing set. David painted throughout his life, even during his years as a practicing cardiologist. In Minneapolis, he attended the Atelier Lack, where he obtained a foundation in classical drawing and painting. Upon retiring from his medical career, David has focused on his passion for painting. David has a keen interest in the technology of oil painting. He takes pride in utilizing proven techniques and products to ensure strong and stable paint layers that result in a quality archival painting. He is a member of several national oil painting organizations, including the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Portrait Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS). He has achieved the designation of Signature Artist in NOAPS. David is an instructor at Townsend Atelier in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“There is something within that compels me to paint. The beauty that the world displays all around us calls me. We live in a stressful and complex society – I hope that my paintings can provide a source of serenity and simplification.”