Thursday, May 20 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Sarah Sedwick is a prolific painter of still lifes inspired by color combinations and perceptual effects. All are painted from life. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Sarah earned a BFA in Illustration from The Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2001. Based in Oregon, she has been teaching workshops on alla prima still life and portrait since 2013, and also conducts an online art mentorship program. Her teaching philosophy is simple: the more you paint, the more you improve - so removing the blocks that keep us from the canvas is key. Loosen up, let go of perfectionism, and watch the results unfold!
Painting the Dynamic Still Life
en plein air
Paint looser and more confidently during this four-day painting retreat with Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick! Take a step-by-step approach to alla prima oil painting, and try some of Sarah’s favorite fast and fun exercises, in the beautiful outdoor light. Build a composition with life and movement, get a new perspective on the still life, and learn tips for bringing inspiration to your painting practice.
Whether you’re primarily plein air or a studio painter, still life is a great way to strengthen the fundamentals - composition, color mixing, and brushwork. Using a split-primary palette as your color foundation - two reds, two yellows, and two blues - you’ll learn Sarah’s favorite workshop exercises to focus on loosening up your brushwork before creating a finished piece. Emphasis will be placed on working from the general to the specific - big value shapes first, small details later.
Sarah will demonstrate, and work with each student individually. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instruction is in oils, and acrylics are welcome - particularly Open acrylics, which stay wet longer.