Sharp-Focus Realism in Oil: Painting Workshop by Nick Baxter
This class will start with the most basic and fundamental skills used in the observation and
drawing of form, and then will progress through a completed alla-prima still-life painting. This
direct painting technique will serve as an introduction to the more complex process of indirect
painting and glazing techniques, which will be covered in subsequent class sessions. Students will
thus be able to work through a comprehensive still-life painting process in the classical realism
style: from drawing and all prima study, to finished multi-layer painting.
Why this benefits tattooers:
More so than perhaps any other artistic medium, tattooing puts us in pressure situations faced with
a wide variety of artistic requests, requiring from us versatility and the ability to problem-solve
efficiently across multiple artistic disciplines. Personal flair and stylization is highly prized
in the tattoo world, and all such stylization starts with, and evolves from, how things actually
appear in reality. Masters of unique style are in control of which attributes of reality to distort
and why, which requires a solid foundation of classical artistic knowledge and skills that are
often overlooked. Trying to troubleshoot artistic problems or weak spots in our personal skillset
becomes difficult when foundational artistic skills have been overlooked, forgotten, or fallen out
of practice. The skills taught in this workshop provide the structure that enables successful
troubleshooting or identification of struggle areas regardless of preferred artistic style.
including geometric shapes, foreshortening and ellipses
Sunday July 30th
Beginning at 10am, we will work for 4 hours, break for an hour, then work another 4 hours. Plan to stick around Monday also when we head out and practice what we’ve learned at a local outdoor spot.
1-day seminar: $100
688 S. Cox
Memphis, TN 38104
Titanium white, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, raw umber, cadmium yellow medium,
yellow ochre, cadmium red light, burnt sienna, alizarin permanent and viridian green. All
other colors are optional.
Mineral spirits and some still life items will be provided.
*Links to suitable standing easels:
(any kind of cheaper standing easel will technically work, but I’ve found that by far the
least amount of inconvenience and hassle are Pochade Boxes that mount to camera