Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Jacket But Not the Cat...

The Jacket But Not the Cat is a 20x16 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.

This is an example of an insider title (works on the same principle as an insider joke); you must know about another painting to understand it. The title refers to a wonderful portrait by Cecilia Beaux of a man in a white linen suit with an orange tabby cat in his lap. Her painting is filled with light, beautifully colored light complimented by rich dark shadows. When I saw our model at open studio dressed in his linen jacket, I immediately thought of Beaux’s painting.
Beaux was a contemporary of John Singer Sargent and in my opinion, Sargent’s equal in portraiture. (Please note I limited my comparison to portraiture. Sargent's watercolors and figurative pieces are something else again.) 
Supposedly her man with the cat was in fact, her man, a fellow who proposed to her on more than one occasion. (She did not accept.)  Looking at her painting, I think I can see that Cecilia greatly liked him but any discernible love may be directed toward the cat!  

P.S. Someone brought to my attention that the link to the available Chestnut workshops in the previous post didn’t work. I’ve corrected the link. Once upon a time, it did function and now it does again. Or you can simply click here to see all of the available day-long workshops including mine. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Workshop Extravaganza!

Against the Red is a 18x14 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
On September 12th, I’m doing a first. I’m teaching a one-day workshop on the figure. The day will be very focused. We will be working to bring fluidity and gesture to the painted figure. We have a great studio lined up and a lovely model for the day.
I’ve been thinking of on-point exercises and looking for resources to list and illuminating quotes to use in the hand-outs. And I’m remembering some of great workshops that I’ve attended, those given by Carolyn Anderson, Peggi Kroll Roberts and Dawn Whitelaw. I hope to structure this day to reflect what I found most helpful during those sessions.
My day is only one of 14 day-long workshops offered by the Chestnuts during a two week teaching extravaganza. All instructors have volunteered their time so each and every workshop is very affordable.
During the two weeks, participants can learn color from Dawn Whitelaw, values from Kevin Menck, perspective from Gayle Levee; and this is only a small part of what’s available. Here's a link http://chestnutgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/PYHO-20131.pdfto the entire program. It’s a fun read, and I think it promises to be even more fun to attend whether you come for one or 14!

Oh yes, a chunk of workshop proceeds will be given to Chestnut partners that also work to preserve the natural and historic glories of Middle Tennessee.

Monday, August 5, 2013

"To Be the Song"

To Be the Song is a 24x18 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.

“O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?”

William Butler Yeats
Among Schoolchildren

Is it too early to send an invitation?

Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...