Cindy Procious
Daily Painting:: Still life Small Works Workshop

Participation in group exhibition included

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Daily Painting has become an incredibly popular painting movement, ever since Duane Keiser hit the scene with his Painting A Day” back in 2004.  Today, if you do a search for “Daily Painting” you’ll find hundreds of blogs, websites, and auction pages dedicated to the practice of producing a small alla prima or au premier coup painting, on a daily basis.

This practice has innumerable benefits. Daily, deliberate practice will improve one’s skill at a rapid pace. Naturally, painting every day becomes an ingrained routine that will increase productivity. Completing a painting every day means that there’s less pressure to produce the perfect work of art – it’s liberating, knowing tomorrow is another opportunity to produce something you love. It frees the artist to experiment and try new techniques and new tools.

In this ten day workshop, participants will venture out to the market to purchase subjects for their still life, and return back to the studio (housed in the in the beautiful, historic Site Oud Sint-Jan) to set up a composition in a controlled lighting environment. Working on a 5 x 7” or 6 x 6” panel, students will create their own tiny painting that packs a big punch.

Emphasis will be placed on using basic principles of design and lighting to create drama, and how to manipulate edges to guide the viewer’s eye through the painting.

Students will learn a variety of techniques for realistically creating the illusion of different surface textures, as well as how to achieve rich color and light to create a luminous, tiny work of art.

Through demonstration and individual instruction in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, students will be guided through the entire process from the first drawing on the canvas to the finishing flourishes.

We will also discuss the options available to artists today for selling small daily paintings online, and I will share the tools I use to create auctions on my own website.
Along with daily painting, we will also take short excursions: of course, to the market to choose items for painting. The Wednesday market in Markt Square is an event unto itself. It’s become a Wednesday tradition to load up on delights from the market and bring back a picnic to the atelier for a family style lunch. We will have the opportunity to visit local museums. On the weekend between, extra options include: visiting Belgian breweries, touring the Choco Story Museum or the Frietmuseum (museum of the Potato), renting bicycles and riding along the canal to historic Damme or touring the windmills surrounding the city, taking a guided tour of Brugge via canal cruise, and, above all – sampling the culinary delights of Brugge, Belgium – waffles, mussels, chocolate, oh my!

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Cindy Procious, is a contemporary American Realist painter. Recognized for her highly detailed paintings executed in the time-honored techniques of the Old Masters, her work is crafted with elaborate under paintings and then built upon with layers of glazes and color – the final effect is both intricate and delicate. With a keen eye for color, composition and light, her paintings are a blend of a devout appreciation for artistic tradition and a contemporary aesthetic sensibility.

A member of the American Society of Portrait Artists & Oil Painters of America, and the mother of three, Procious is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett. Along with their menagerie of rescued animals, they recently relocated their studio and home to Chattanooga, TN.

Artist Statement:
As a student of the world around me, I have come to recognize that there is beauty everywhere. As a painter, my primary objective is to balance the dedication of improving my skill in the craft with the development of timeless and personal works.

Represented by the following galleries:

Principle Gallery
Alexandria, VA
Charleston, SC

Susan Powell Fine Art
Madison, CT

Area 61
Chattanooga, TN

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