In this workshop, Nancy takes you from painting still life to landscape and even figures. While concentrating on understanding basic shapes and light source, you will learn that most representational painting is based on these two concepts and there is no need to limit yourself on subject matter! Drawing is important and Nancy will show you simple ways to check the accuracy of your drawing. You will explore ways of gaining information for your paintings through observational painting, working with photographic reference, journaling, and memory exercises.
Nancy works in both oils and acrylic, but is open to working with artists in any medium. She believes that technique is an ever-evolving journey, best learned though personal experimentation. Understanding the underlying principles of how to observe and translate your observations to a 2-D surface is key to becoming a good painter. You will work with a limited choice of colors so that you gain mastery over your paint mixing before adding extra pigments to your palette.
Nancy is excited to explore once again the towns and countryside of Umbria! All of these experiences gained through travel will eventually find their way back into your paintings. Opening your eyes and observing the buildings, the vegetation and your surroundings will do much to improve your understanding of shape as well as the specificity of shapes. Often, we over-concentrate on details when it is the large shapes that tell the story.
A typical day will begin with a lesson and sometimes a demo after breakfast, either in the studio or on location. While the intention is to have an even balance between studio time and outdoor painting, but Nancy likes to be flexible depending upon the weather and interests of the group. There will also be unsupervised studio time, and after-dinner critique sessions.
Above all I hope you leave with the confidence to paint anything you desire to paint, and a suitcase full of wonderful La Romita memories!
Nancy Tankersley began her career as a portraitist but entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and at leisure. Currently as she searches for the unpredictable, Tankersley moves between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non- traditional tools , supports and technologies for her paintings she remains faithful to her impressionistic style.
Active in the current plein air movement, and a founder of Plein Air Easton, she travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. In 2018 she was invited to be an instructor and demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe and released her first instructional video with Lilliedahl Videos. In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Recent honors include Best of Show at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia International Plein Air 2018, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit.
She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society for Marine Art, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters and also holds memberships in the Washington Society for Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club. Founder and Director of the Easton Studio, a workshops facility begun in Easton in 2010, the artist mentors and teaches workshops and also sponsors workshops by nationally known painters.
As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.