Nelson presents workshops in Tryon

Published 4:50 pm Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lake Lanier landscape by Richard Christian Nelson

Richard Christian Nelson will hold workshops in Tryon from May – July. His landscape workshop will take place from May 23 – 27; the still life workshop will be held from June 20 – 24 and the portrait workshop will be held from July 25 – 29.

The classes will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. A dinner will be hosted by the Nelsons one evening. The workshops will start with lectures and demos and then participants will work from life, with lots of demonstrations and group critiques. Email Nelson at or call 828-859-0318 if you have any questions.

Class size is limited to 12. The workshops will be held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, in the Tryon Painters And Sculptors studios.

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Nelson is an oil painter and portrait artist who lives in Tryon. He earned his BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit in 1988. He has been working ever since as a portrait artist, gallery artist and instructor. You can view his work at

Nelson will be painting with oils. If you want to use watercolor, acrylic or pastels, you may, but the focus will be on oil painting. The supplies required will be brushes (Nelson uses extra long filberts), odorless mineral spirits, a small amount of linseed oil, palette, easel or field kit (TPS has easels for still life and portrait workshops), Viva paper towels, 11×14 or 16×20 canvases (1 – 3 per day, use the sizes you prefer). Nelson uses Winsor Newton artist’s grade white paint (Nelson uses Cremnitz (lead) but use a non-lead white if you are not extremely neat), cad yellow pale, cad red, permanent alizarin crimson, french ultramarine, viridian, sap green, yellow ochre and burnt sienna.