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The good news is that you CAN break
the copy-habit! The popular Don Foster Artists’
Workshop CD-ROM is the key to artistic control. The
seven explicit and detailed lessons are applicable
to all subjects and all mediums. The instructional
emphasis is upon recognizing creative possibilities
and producing original work.
Talent – What is it? Do you have any?
Find out for sure from our introductory pages, and then our
lessons will show you what to do about it
Can’t figure out what’s wrong with your paintings?
One of the first of many things you’ll see in our Introduction is an
easy-to-understand guide called “The Circle of Confusion.” It will
enable you to zoom-in on specific problem areas and delete them once
and for all, as you move toward more rewarding and easier times at
Can’t draw a straight line? Learn why that’s
something to be thankful for! Can’t decide what to paint? This
lesson will help direct your search. Never sure where to begin?
Here’s a wonderful opportunity to develop a proven working
procedure that will eliminate troublesome, and unavoidably
Can’t decide what to include or leave out? Don’t
know where to put what on your picture surface and why? Can’t
seem to create a main area of interest? Are “bit” players
stealing the show? This lesson gets down to the basics of
composition and design and clarifies how to add astounding
emphasis to your work. The Don Foster oil painting shown below
is called “Ledges.” It is just one of many oil paintings
featured and analyzed on this CD to illustrate the valuable information
you’ll enjoy in lesson two and all others.
This painting is analyzed from blank
canvas to completion in Lesson Five.
Having problems depicting light and shade?
This lesson may be the most valuable in our
series. It will teach you how to accurately describe direct
sunlight, form shadows, reflected light, and cast shadows,
regardless of the subjects you paint.
Viewers may not know why your work is so much
better than others they see, but you will.
There are four obvious areas (or planes) of
light outdoors at all times and under all conditions.
Deviations from these truths of nature may be
recognized as “not looking right.” Do so if you must, but with
Frustrated by muddy, lifeless color?
Learn what makes colors muddy, dull, and
monotonous. Here’s a simple way to select and mix color with
astonishing brilliance and clarity.
Lesson Four also describes how to create color
charts for future reference, enabling you to know exactly which
pigments you need to produce a color seen on your chart
Do you sometimes wonder how another artist
might have done it?
This helpful lesson clarifies step-by-step
painting procedures and color recipes.
Lessons Six and Seven
More in-depth finished painting studies and analysis.
These lessons provide information you will find useful as you paint from
nature or photographs or when you compose scenes from your memory or
And, an exciting opportunity awaits you. You’ll
be able to review and test yourself as you are learning, through an
analysis of over 100 fabulous nature photos taken by your instructor as
inspiration and reference for his own paintings.
We enlarge and examine each of the 100 spectacular,
memorable, once-in-a-lifetime views with you, revealing what we’d choose
to depict “just like it is,” what we’d change, and most importantly WHY.
You will be painting from nature, in the comfort of your own home, as
you enjoy step-by-step guidance.
Turning imperfect photos into perfect paintings
is the topic of this lesson. Here are samples from Artists’ Workshop CD.
Zion National Park, Utah
The brilliance of the sun reflecting from the
upper rock surfaces caused my camera and film to underexpose the
shaded sides. That’s not the way it appeared to the eye, so this
photo is actually an imperfect distortion of reality.
For my painting I chose to illuminate the shade
surfaces with a warm glow of light reflecting from the ground. I
also rearranged the foreground to create a path toward the focal
point area, which is what I’ve called “Sandwich Rocks.” The tree
and its shadow became a secondary interest.
The La Jolla, California, coves offer a
spectacular top view of wave action. Again, the limitations of
photography show the rocks much darker than they would have
actually been seen.
Photography can provide wonderful reference
material, but we should always recognize its shortcomings and
never limit ourselves to merely duplicating a photo and its
Painting is a show and tell process. We show the
subject but, more importantly, we tell the viewer the way we saw
it, imagined it, or wanted it to be. We call what we do Fine Art
because it is, literally, a refining process.
We narrow our visual reporting to what we,
personally, found most important, interesting, dramatic, or
I chose to depict brighter sunlight and color in
the foreground, adding a more concentrated focal point emphasis.
I also brought the mid and distant peninsulas to sharper focus
than my camera was able to capture. The shadows cast across the
lower right of the rocks were seen in reality, but had vanished
when I took the photo above. To me, cast shadows are essential
truths of nature. If we have light, we see it in varying degrees
and differing types. Actually, they are what we’re depicting and
when we do that well, the subject matter magically appears.
A special bonus is a screen saver, showing over 30
original oils by your instructor Don Foster.
Rexart and click on the FREE Tip Zone. You’ll find many useful
articles plus a listing of the pigments Don Foster prefers and why.
There is also an Artists’ Workshop CD-ROM Companion Kit of art materials
you could use (not required) as you complete this course.
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