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Michael Story Art Workshop

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Painting From Photo Reference: Tips for Working in Charcoal, Pastel or Oil with Michael Story

March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm with break for lunch

Michael: "Join me for 3 days in the City Art Gallery as we explore the possibilities of using photo reference in our paintings. In this workshop, our goal is not to simply copy a photo to paint from, but rather tell a more complete visual story through the use of numerous available photo references. Whether you're painting a historical figure from reference in a book, depicting a different time of day, substituting skies, adding a body of water to your landscape, or combining separate references of people into one scene, learning to utilizing these photo reference tips into the planning of your painting is an invaluable part of the creative process.

In this class, I will show you effective ways to convert your color photo reference into a more dramatic black and white painted image. From black and white photo reference, I'll share with you how to create paintings utilizing various color schemes such as monochromatic, analagous, and complimentary. I'll help you recognize the pitalls of using photo reference and how to correct them before you begin your painting. I'll show you how to use a tracing paper technique that will help you create convincing reflections of skies and objects in water when you have no water reference to work from.

This workshop will be open to artists working in charcoal, pastel or oil, and I will demonstrate my working methods using photo references in all of those mediums. Please bring photo references you would like to work from. Supply lists for the 3 mediums will be available through City Art.

Come join me in March and utilize photo reference better to enhance your finished drawing or painting!"


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