Tony Allain “Chasing the Light” Pastel workshop July 18-20, 2017
Tony will share some of his working methods in this workshop, concentrating on painting land and seascapes that are filled with color and light. We will explore the use of direct strokes on a textured surface to emphasize “brushwork”. We will learn how to simplify our approach to achieve exciting impressionistic paintings. This workshop is for those willing to go through the door marked ‘leaving the comfort zone’ and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.
I’m not interested in pure representation; my work is about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscape, still life or interior. I take an everyday scene and through a subtle approach and through focusing on light, color and tone, I try to give the motif an elevated atmosphere. My subjects are often oriented around the mood of the sea, skies, harbors, ships and figures; I am constantly absorbing everything that is around me. I am interested in new ideas and art forms. My philosophy is the more I work the more I discover. Drawing is essential as a tool of discovery; skill and mastery of technique are also essential, but only as a vocabulary and a means toward an idea.
Check out Tony’s wonderful work on his website: