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Illuminating Oils


April 3 & 10, 2024
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Workshop Description:

Capturing the Light – April 3rd 

This immersive oil workshop is focused on mastering the portrayal of light in your paintings. Throughout the session, you will drive into the fundamental principles of using the value scale to achieve realistic light effects. From understanding highlights to mastering shadows, Karen will guide you through practical painting exercises designed to apply these concepts directly.


Participants can expect personalized feedback and guidance from Karen, tailored to their individual artistic goals and skill levels. We will be working from photos we have taken ourselves or you can browse a diverse selection of Karen's extensive photo collection. You will have ample opportunities to explore different scenes and scenarios, enriching your learning experience. Any subject matter can be chosen except for portraits.


Getting the Glow – April 10th 

Join us for an illuminating oil workshop with Karen as she dives deep into the art of capturing that elusive "glow" in your paintings. Through exploration of color temperature, Karen will unravel the secrets behind infusing your artwork with warmth, radiance, and atmosphere.


But that's not all! Karen will also guide you through the intricacies of values, showing you how to master light and shadow to create depth and dimension in your paintings. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, you'll walk away with a newfound understanding of how values can elevate your artwork to the next level.


In this hands-on workshop, Karen will do demos to help with the learning process and participants will have the freedom to choose their own subjects from personal photos, ensuring that each painting reflects their unique vision and style. No more painting from someone else's perspective – it's time to bring your own experiences and memories to life on the canvas.

Artist Bio:

Karen Leffel-Massengill knew at a very young age that she wanted to be an artist. Crayons and coloring books were constant companions as her family moved frequently and literally around the world.


Graduating with a BA degree in fine art from Florida State University in 1972, Karen postponed beginning a career in art for that of being a wife and mother. Life has a way of leading us down its own path, and in 1981 she was awarded an associates degree in nursing from Northern Virginia Community College.


Along the way she became a signature artist in the Florida Watercolor Society and the Society of Animal Artists. Birds in Art, an annual international competition, has accepted her entry four times, twice in watercolor and twice in oils.

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