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Making Great Paintings from Photographs

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Instructor: Shelby Keefe
Oct 21, 22, 23, 24 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 2D2071
Media: Oil
Skill Level: Level III - IV
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00
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Address the challenges and advantages of working from photo references in this four-day workshop. Bring your paintings to life as you develop a sensibility for selecting imagery, utilizing a bright and complementary palette for underpainting, and employing impressionist-based painting methods.


Daily demonstrations address the importance of thumbnail sketches, underpainting, paint application, movement and focal points, and color. The remainder of each day is dedicated to independent working time with Shelby available for individualized instruction and feedback. Bring a large selection of photo references that explore a variety of subject matter, including the landscape, architecture, and figures.


Shelby Keefe earned a BFA and embarked on a career as a graphic designer. She became a full-time fine artist in 2005 and has since been traveling around the country painting in plein air competitions, including the Door County Plein Air Festival, teaching workshops, as well as producing work in her Milwaukee studio. Shelby is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the American Women Artists. Her work is represented at Fine Line Designs in Door County, Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte, and Castle Gallery of Fine Art in Fort Wayne, IN.