Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30 am -3:30 pm January 21, 22 & 23 Member Cost: $300 Non-member Cost: $325 Instructor: Neal Hughes
This workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. We will discuss technique and various approaches to the application of the paint as well as the philosophy behind the creation of a work of art. There will be demonstrations each day and students will also have the opportunity to paint while receiving individual suggestions and instruction based on their ability and level of experience. The workshop will take place indoors but I will use the same approach and materials that I use outdoors. Topics discussed will include: Why values are important and using value patterns. Composition strategies and creating a focal point. Using color, temperature and other design elements effectively. The importance of edges Creating a good surface quality. A way to simplify the process to paint quickly. Dealing with changing light. Painting is a way of interpreting the beauty that surrounds us. Good painters are able to capture the essence of that beauty in a painting. First we must learn the basics and become proficient in the processes of painting. The goal of this workshop will be to learn to develop the necessary skills to create better paintings and to nurture each students unique approach; to help them to learn new ways of working while they develop their own personal interpretation of the landscape.
NEAL HUGHES: INSTRUCTOR PROFILE Neal Hughes is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and resides in the historic town of Moorestown , New Jersey . Neal is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, member of the Salmagundi Club, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. A former illustrator, Neal has been painting professionally for over 35 years. His work is part of the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and he has been accepted into numerous juried exhibitions including the national exhibitions of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of American, American Society of Marine Artists and the Portrait Society of America. His work has also been juried into the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport and he has been a finalist in the ARC Salon competition numerous times. His work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist and American Art Collector magazines. Recent Awards: 2019 Artists Choice – Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Competition and Festival Best Nocturne – Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Competition and Festival Fourth Place – Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Competition and Festival Best of Show Award – Saint George Island Paint Out plein air competition Founders Vanishing Landscape Award – Olmstead Plein Air Invitational Best Architectural Award – Wayne Plein Air Competition Honorable Mention – Eureka Springs Plein Air Competition Best Associate Award of Excellence – Oil Painters of America National Exhibition Honorable Mention Award - 14th Annual ARC International Salon Competition Best Nocturne – Gloucester Arts Festival Plein Air Competition First Place – Gloucester Arts Festival Quick Draw Second Place – Parrsboro Plein Air Competition First Place – Parrsboro Plein Air Quick Draw Second Place - Paint Grand Traverse Quick Draw First Place - Paint Grand Traverse plein air competition Gold Medal - Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition Second Place - Bath County Plein Air Festival Best in Show Peer Review - Bath County Plein Air Festival Third Place - Cape Ann Plein Air Festival and Competition Best Architectural Painting - En Plein Air Texas Competition
2018 Artists Choice Award and First Place - Cape Ann Plein Air Artists Choice and Award of Distinction - En Plein Air Texas First Place - Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Festival Artists Choice - Paint Annapolis Finalist - 13th Annual ARC International Salon Competition Best Architecture - Wayne Plein Air Competition First Place - Hammonton Plein Air Competition Third Place - Salmagundi Club Nautical Theme Exhibition
2017 First Place - Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival Artists Choice Award - Door County Plein Air Festival Second Place - Cape Ann Plein Air Best Use of Light - Cape Ann Plein Air Second Place - Paint Annapolis Third Place - Lighthouse Plein Air Festival Best Nocturne - Solomons Island Plein Air Festival Honorable Mention - Paint Annapolis 2016 First Place and Artists Choice Award - Plein Air Rockies Second Place - Plein Air Rockies Quick Draw Artists Choice Award - Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival Second Place - Cape Ann Plein Air Third Place - Paint Annapolis Plein Air Third Place - Paint Annapolis Dueling Brushes Best Plein Air painting December/January 2016 Plein Air Salon Source Tek Award - Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival
2015 First Place – Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Festival First Place -Bath County Plein Air Festival First Place - Plein Air Easton Quick Draw Best Use of Light – Easels in Frederick Wayne Art Center Award – Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival First Place - Hammonton Plein Air Competition Luc Herbots Memorial Award – Solomons Island Plein Air Festival Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America Salon Show Other awards include an Award of Excellence from Oil Painters of America at the 2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition, the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award and Awards of Excellence (2006 and 2013) at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Fourteenth Annual Art of the Portrait Conference by the Portrait Society of America and First Place in the Richeson Figure/Portrait Competition . In addition, Neal was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of over 12,000 entries.
Neal Hughes Supply List Below is a basic supply list that you will need. I try different colors and other supplies often so this is what is in my box at the moment. Painting surface: I use oil primed linen (Claessens 13) mounted on gator board. Other types of canvas board or stretched canvas will work. Brushes: I mostly use bristle long flats – filberts or brights are ok too. These are the regular oil brushes with white bristles. I would recommend Rosemary and Company Chungking bristle #2025 but other brands will work too. Various sizes. Another type of brush I use frequently is the Rosemary and Co. Masters Choice long flat #279 that is softer than a bristle brush. Various sizes Currently I am also using rigger brushes – # 00 or #1 Masters choice from Rosemary and Co. and an Ivory Rigger size 0 and/or 2 from Rosemary and Co. Another useful brush is the Egbert – Rosemary 2085 chungking bristle or other brand/type usually sizes 4 or 6 Paints: Basic oil colors that I am currently using: titanium white, cadmium yellow light or a lemon yellow, cadmium yellow deep, indian yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, cad. red (or permanent red), alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and thalo blue, terra rosa (Windsor Newton). Paint brands I use include Gamblin, Rembrandt, Winsor Newton and others. Any quality oil paint will work. Other things you will need are: a palette paint thinner Turpentine or Odorless mineral spirits (I use odorless mineral spirits available in hardware store) paper towels