Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cannon Beach Oil Painting Workshop

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Strengthen your Visual Sensitivity and Creative Visual Language
This workshop is designed to explore the fundamental reasons behind a painting's success as you create your own masterpiece
Class is March 26, 27 and 28
10 AM to 4 PM daily

Think of walking into a gallery and instantly being grabbed by a painting from clear across the room. What is it that reaches out to you and pulls you to get a better look? Learn what it is that first draws you in and how the painting continues to cast such a spell that you have to get within sniffing distance to learn all you can.

Through informative conversations and step-by-step demonstrations, students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting- including value, shape, color, and edge relationship. You'll be painting right alongside artist Michael Orwick. Each of you will be given personal attention and friendly critiques.

Michael will also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of photo references. He will provide some reference material for you, but you are encouraged to bring your own landscape photos to paint. Michael will emphasize emotion, color, composition, and ways to turn a photo into a spirited painting.

Starting with composition, emphasis will be placed on editing and selection skills as well as clarifying light effects for strong, personal design. You’ll study the power and importance of balance, unity, variety, interest and contrast through the tonal and color aspects of your paintings.

As a student, you will also learn about mixing colors from a limited palette while still achieving dynamic light and shadow effects with lively color. You’ll discover how values and temperature work to keep your paintings in harmony.

Take home your own light filled masterpiece along with improved painting methods and theory.

To learn more about this fantastic art town and lodging options please visit

On Saturday after class (4:30-5:30) a special reception with appetizers and wine is being offered free of charge at Dragonfire gallery for this group.

Bonus: Get ready for painting outdoors with a Plein-air equipment overview and suggestions list.
Also weather permitting I invite you join me before and after class to paint the magic of Haystack rock in plein air.

To learn more about the artist, instructor www.michaelorwick.com
Class is March 26, 27 and 28
10 AM to 4 PM daily.
We are meeting at the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce building in the beautiful Chamber Hall
207 N Spruce St
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
(503) 436-2623

To learn more about this fantastic art town and lodging options please visit

To sign up for the workshop
Please contact the fantastic folks at Dragonfire Gallery
Eeva, Lotta, and Marsha
DragonFire Gallery
PO BX 1010 (USPS)
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
503 436 1533

Tuition is just $250 for all three days and the special reception, for those in town for less time there is an open option of $100 per day.

Oil Painting Supply List Please email Michael at orwickillustration@comcast.net or contact Dragonfire gallery, or go to http://michaelorwick.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=6698&page=Journals


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