In direct painting, also known as alla prima, a work is completed in a single session while the paint is still wet. Direct Painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control. Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color.
“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked — start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish — make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.” Charles W. Hawthorne , “Hawthorne on Painting”
-3 Day Alla Prima Portrait (SOLD OUT)
Santa Ana, CA
September 20-22, 2019
-3 Day Alla Prima Portrait
Ann Arbor, MI
November 10-12, 2019
To Register: https://www.artensity.org/feliciaforte
-2 Day Still Life & 4 Day Portrait Alla Prima
February 17-18 & 20-23, 2020
Demo Night Feb. 19, 2020 - Proceeds go to student scholarships.
-4 Day Alla Prima Portrait Painting
Bristol / Stroud, UK
February 27th -March 1st, 2020
Exact Location to be announced
-3 Day Alla Prima Portrait Painting
Bainbridge Island, Washington (Seattle)
March 27-29, 2020
Scheduled and soon to be announced with details:
St. Louis, Missouri June 2020
Tuscany, Fall 2020
Seville, Spain October 2020
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To schedule a workshop with Felicia, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Next availability 2020.