Nelson offers still life painting workshop July 23-27

Published 9:35 am Friday, July 13, 2012

Peaches and hilton vase. (photo submitted)

Richard Christian Nelson (Rich Nelson) will teach a five-day still life painting workshop in Tryon July 23-27.
The class will take place at the Nelson’s Skyuka Fine Art gallery from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.
Artists will work from life to grasp the fundamentals of the picture making process, developing a vocabulary of the different elements involved; composition, drawing, value, color, edges, unity etc.
“To me it really is the best way to get into the ‘process’ of painting, developing a vocabulary for all the aspects of picture-making, and not contending with moving figures or changing weather. Believe me, an orange is hard enough to paint well,” Nelson said.
This workshop is open to all levels and all media, but oil will be emphasized. Class size is limited to 12. You can see examples of Nelson’s still life and other work at
The artists will concentrate on painting simple subjects in shadow boxes to control the subject and lighting. There will be lectures and demos by Nelson, and group ‘critiques’ (mostly just putting the paintings along the wall and having each artist say ‘how it’s going’).
Nelson is an accomplished portrait and gallery artist who lives in Tryon. He earned his BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan in 1988. Nelson taught anatomy, figure drawing and painting at CCS part-time after graduating. He has been working ever since as a portrait artist, gallery artist and instructor. He and his wife, Kim, opened Skyuka Fine Art in 2010 www.SkyukaFineArt.Com.
For more information, email or call 828-859-0318.
– article submitted by Rich Nelson

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