Monday, October 8, 2012

A Standard for Painting

American Still Life painter Jeff Legg will often tell his art students to just stop and really look at what they are painting and figure out how to paint it.  Jeff emphasizes three things in his art workshops:

  1. Basic setup
  2. Composition
  3. Paint color and quality

These three things are pretty much Jeff’s standard for painting. 

Jeff Legg’s artwork is often described as "masterful, ethereal, and timeless." Every painting is an intimate conversation between artist and viewer. One believes you can reach into the scene and actually touch the objects.

In his art workshops, Jeff spends time demonstrating his approach and techniques. There is a lot to be learned from watching other artists paint. Spending time watching Jeff paint and discuss each step of his work brings a rich learning experience to the student in Jeff’s workshops.

Of his painting, Jeff states, “"My desire is to convey a personal vision through classical methods using the various visual tools and principals, not expressly to make a record, but to re-create the mood or feeling of the person, place or object before me." And he will teach you to do this also.

To get a sense of Jeff’s teaching style and technique, you can watch this video from a previous class Jeff taught at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio where he demonstrated techniques for still life painting.

Jeff’s work is represented by some of the nation’s most distinguished galleries coast to coast. He is honored as an Oil Painters of America Master painter and has won numerous prizes. We invite you to come to WIFAS and learn from this master painter next month