Our lovely Californian painting tutor Maggie Renner Hellmann has just sent us some stunning paintings with a Van Gogh theme. The oil above is called Café a la Van Gogh, while I don’t have to tell you the subject of the one below.
Maggie will be joining us next June for her week teaching in oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums – you can choose your medium(s). There are more details below. You won’t have to paint like Van Gogh, but you will share his exhilaration of capturing the bright colours of the countryside. We already have 12 painters booked in to this course, but have room for one or two more.
Maggie calls her week-long course at The Watermill a Courageous Colo(u)r Workshop and she says: “In this plein air workshop we will paint in various spectacular Tuscan locations. Our emphasis will be on learning and practicing the core elements of successful paintings – Color, composition, focal point, light source, values, positive & negative shapes, volumes, edges, brushwork & perspective, as well as how to use contrasts to give excitement and drama to your paintings and much more! All levels of experience are welcome.”
Maggie Renner Hellmann is a contemporary California painter who paints with love, passion and energy. Her work is characterized by a unique blend of loose, energetic brushwork and strong compositions of exuberant color. She says: “I love the joy of color and the poetry of brushwork.” This is Maggie’s Summer ReflectionsMaggie is also a knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. She’s been teaching for more than 15 years – and she loves it! Her years of experience in painting in many mediums have distilled her teaching to the core fundamentals that will help guide any painter toward success. She will encourage the beginner and challenge the more advanced.
Here’s some praise from some of her former students: “What I liked best about the workshop was Maggie’s approachable manner and encouragement, her clear understanding about color and light, her experience in simplifying landscapes and the discipline of first studying the subject in values – and how to make poetry out of a simple landscape.”
“What I particularly like about your teaching is that you seem to be able to distil the learning into meaningful chunks that are understandable and then you demonstrate the concept and have us practice it. Your methodology is very effective. I really like getting your feedback. You give it in a very helpful and constructive way and always let us observe you painting.”
with Maggie Renner Hellmann
To learn more about Maggie and her course at The Watermill, please click here.