painting Archive

Ted Reed Video Demo: Painting a Hand

In our latest video demo with an Art League instructor, Ted Reed shows his Oil Painting class how to start a painting of a hand by blocking it out and finding the gesture. The finished painting appears at the end of the video. You can watch all of the demos so far in this Read more →

Studying Color with Danni Dawson

Art League instructor Danni Dawson, whose work you may recognize from the front of The Art League School catalog, let us stop by her portrait painting class last week to see a very interesting portrait painting demonstration. The demo was all about building up a portrait by layering planes of color. Here’s part one: Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Cristy West

Cristy West and her mixed-media painting Regenesis (pictured below) won the Marshall Award for best in show in this month’s all-media exhibit, in The Art League Gallery through April 30. Juror Joseph Di Bella said of the painting, “The color modulation is beautiful. The shapes, color, marks, and use of space really work. There Read more →

Spring Update From The Art League Plein Air Painters

The Art League Plein Air Painters have wasted no time taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather! These are just two of recent paint outs that members have attended. The tulips were in full bloom at the Carillon, and the Virginia Bluebells were the attraction at River Bend. The Plein Air Painters formed last Read more →

Alla Prima Workshop with Rob Liberace

Painting instructor Rob Liberace taught a workshop last weekend — “The Painterly Sketch: Advanced Alla-Prima Portrait” — that packed the classroom with painters eager to learn from the talented artist. Rob was also kind enough to let us film his demo on the first day! In the video, Rob talks technique, color, and other Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Ahmed Alkarkhi

Birds of Play, above, was winner of the Evelyn Turner Award for outstanding abstract work in this month’s “Play” exhibit, in The Art League Gallery through April 2. Juror Judy Bass, who selected the acrylic painting on canvas for the award, praised the painting’s composition and sense of color, as well as the looseness Read more →