I am so excited you will be joining me for this workshop! I am thrilled to see you will be working from your own reference. I have requested that you upload your reference in advance (BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021) so I can be sure it is clear, well-composed, and contains enough visual information to assure your success.
Please use the form below to upload your image(s). Press the SUBMIT button only ONCE.
I will be emailing you in advance of class. I might even call you!
Do you need to talk with me? Please feel free to text or call me at 636-443-3266. If you text, please identify yourself and mention the Woodstock Pastel Workshop.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in October!
1. Please avoid using someone else's photos. You learn a lot more when you plan and take your own photos.
2. Use the best camera available. A fairly current mobile phone will do a good job. A DSLR is great too!
3. Take lots of photos so you have lots of choices! When I am photographing a person for example, I take over 100 photos at the photo sitting. Easy to do with our mobile phones!
4. Do not use a flash. Natural light is always best. Always.
5. Think about lighting. Get some interesting shadows if you can. Try different arrangements. Use a window with light coming from one direction.
6. Think about composition. Think about the Rule of Thirds. This is especially important for still life photos.
7. Consider the angle. This is especially important for pets and people. GET EYE LEVEL WITH YOUR SUBJECT. Do not photograph a dog for example by shooting down from a standing position. This will throw your perspective off and the painting will look strange.
8. Give yourself wiggle-room. Watch out for cutting areas of your subject off, things you may wish you had later.
9. Do some editing in advance. Use a photo editing program to plan your painting in advance. You can adjust color and composition fairly easily right on your phone!
Don't let obtaining photos stress you! You can do this and it is so rewarding to create a painting from start to finish on your own!