ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
The Atmospheric Tonalism workshop will focus on the limited palette and atmospheric qualities of Tonalist painting. Using still life arrangements, reference material or imagination students will begin by using my signature grisaille method to create compositions with the muted hues that make this approach to painting so intriguing. From there, color will be applied using a range of subtle mixtures in keeping with the delicately refined nature of Tonalist painting.
Creating a Tonalist painting by working directly from nature is difficult. It literally requires being in the right place at the right time, under the right conditions. Painting on a winter day when a pearly grey sky pairs with the mauve and russet colors of winter foliage is ideal…as long as a snow storm doesn’t move in before you’ve finished working at the location, with snow blanketing the landscape until spring.
The “Magic Hour” – those fleeting moments just before darkness sets in – is also a perfect time for Tonalist painting. Film makers love to capture this light. However, the camera can record this luminous situation in a matter of moments; not so the landscape painter.
Light fog or rain can also create the perfect conditions for a Tonalist palette…until the fog becomes so thick or the rain so torrential your subject is obliterated.
These drawbacks have not discouraged me from seizing the moment when conditions are right and I can make a Tonalist painting working en plein air. But I also use the techniques I mentioned earlier – memory, visual references and imagination – to paint in the Tonalist tradition. Since we will probably not encounter ideal conditions for Tonalist paintings during my workshop, these are the tools I will employ to help my students explore this intriguing aspect of landscape painting,
I will begin by setting up still life arrangements to familiarize the class with Tonalist color mixtures. Students will then copy images of Tonalist compositions – either my own or those of other artist working in this style. Finally each student will develop his or her own arrangement, using memory, imagination or converting an earlier work into Tonalist painting.
Suitable for all levels; no experience necessary!
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
October 27–29, 2016, Friday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM