Your References Reimagined
October 23-25, 2019
Let’s face it, as artists, sometimes we just “plein” can’t paint! Falling back on photo references is sometimes a necessity when weather, location, or physical limitations get in the way of your idyllic plein air dreams. So how do we create evocative, glorious paintings when our photographs lack luster, depth, or emotion? In this three day workshop, students will learn to take their “boring” photos and create new compositions that pop with light, color, and feeling. We will be layering, cropping, and combining your references to create new source imagery. Pastel techniques will be focused on experimental underpainting play, embroidering our paintings with color, and methods to bring light into your landscapes. Bethany will be demonstrating daily along with plenty of personal attention at your easel and ample time to paint.
Bethany Fields is an American contemporary artist working in pastel who looks for beauty and light wherever she goes. She has gained recent national recognition with exhibits at the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, and the Butler Institute of American Art. She regularly hosts and teaches workshops around the country.
Originally from Texas, Bethany graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. She went on to perform professionally and continued honing her skills in composition and design working as the on-air talent and designer for a DIY web series in Burbank, CA. She has worked as a professional lifestyle and commercial photographer for the past 15 years which naturally led to landscape photography and painting. She produces and directs her own Youtube channel where her videos have been viewed over 200,000 times and blogs at bethanyfieldsblog.com She makes her home in Texas with her husband of 18 years, their three children, one crazy dog, and her studio cat, Boo.