The craft of painting involves not only inspiration, but also technique. Capturing what your imagination—and analytical understanding of the world around you—requires a level of proficiency that, like any valued skill, takes time and guidance to master.


How to Paint a Portrait from a Photo Reference

In this three-day workshop, we’ll focus on painting a portrait. The medium will be oil—with techniques both traditional and modern. We’ll use a reference photo as the preliminary “sketch.” You will leave the workshop with the ability to achieve likeness and detail while capturing the skin tone of your subject.

I provide hands-on instruction, incorporating a wealth of tips and tricks, including:
• Briefly covering Adobe Photoshop and how to print a color reference.
• Drawing a toned canvas—by either tracing or projection—and inking-in the lines.
• A review of color and mixing skin tones.
• A block-in of the first thin layer of color.
• Painting the portrait with subsequent thicker layers.
• Finalizing subtle details.

There are four workshops scheduled this year:
• They will be held in my studio in Milan, NY (near Rhinebeck).
• Times are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch).
• Each class is limited to five students.
• Tuition is nonrefundable seven days prior to beginning.
• Basic knowledge of oil painting is preferred.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 845-233-0082.

2018 WORKSHOP #4: 11/2-3-4/2018
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16x20 Deluxe Professional Oil Primed Linen Stretched Canvas Centurion (OP DLX) or equivalent grade

Windsor & Newton Artists Oil Colors: 
Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw umber, Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, and Ivory Black.

3 Windsor & Newton Monarch filbert brushes sizes 2-3-4
Windsor & Newton series 7 sable brush size 2

Palette knife
Glass or wood palette (no palette paper please)
2 small glass containers
Roll of blue shop towels
Linseed Oil


Closest: The Inn at Pine Plains
In Rhinebeck: Beekman Arms
In Red Hook: The Red Hook Inn


Stewart International Airport
Albany International Airport

Thursday Open Studio Classes*

Starting October 25, 2018, I’m holding open studio sessions from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

These are for students with a basic knowledge of oil painting who wish to further develop their skills with side-by-side mentoring. The minimum age to participate is 14 and there is a maximum of five students per session.

We’ll build a learning experience based on camaraderie and a shared purpose. I’ll lead and teach—but there is always the possibility of learning from other members of the group as we experience a coming together of like-minded souls.

*Students are expected to provide their own supplies.

Private Lessons*

One-on-one lessons with me are a way for you—with the guidance of a professional artist—to develop your technique. This is true whether you are a beginner or an already experienced painter.

We can build rapport and tailor an approach that meets your needs and desires.

Lessons can be at my studio or in your home. Please give me a call me at 845-233-0082. We can begin discussing your goals as a painter and make arrangements for working together. Thanks!

*Students are expected to provide their own supplies.


The Art Effect

(Formerly The Mill Street Loft) Click here for more information

8 Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11 • 4:00-7:00pm
nm: $515 • m: $490
Instructor: Nadine Robbins at Pershing Studios