Paper Mill 2020 II

by Charle Hunter

by Charlie Hunter


Composition and Values in Plein Air Painting
with Charlie Hunter

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 24 – 26, 2022

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Class Description
“Color gets the credit, but value does the work!” It’s a phrase you have probably heard before, but what does it mean? During this intensive three-day workshop, dive into the world of values and composition with master artist Charlie Hunter.

We will focus on how to build stronger paintings through values, edges, drawing and composition -rather than relying on color to make our paintings sing. By simplifying forms and emphasizing composition, your work can take on a power that will truly make it stand out.

While the focus of class will be to paint landscapes from life, we will also discuss an often- overlooked step that pays off in spades - creating drawings to help solve problems prior to laying brush to surface. Multiple demos by Hunter will show how he goes about creating his award-winning work. Students are sure to leave this class laughing, challenged, and armed with an arsenal of pointers and tools to strengthen their painting and create the best work of their life.


Insructor Statement
I strive for my paintings to reside in an uneasy calm, half way between a photograph and a memory. The work of photographers such as Dorothea Lange or Walker Evans resonate in manner similar, yet distinctively different than -say- the paintings of Edward Hopper, Joseph Stella or Franz Kline. All, however, coexist in our collective visual language.

I use a variety of moderately unorthodox techniques, such as manipulating paint with a window washer’s squeegee, or impressing the pattern of paper towels into a painted surface to evoke the halftone screens and ben-day dots of classic photographic reproduction. Concurrently, the thin, semi-transparent paint film allows for somewhat random mark-making to appear almost photographic in detail. I want these effects to be noted, almost subconsciously, by the viewer.

The limited palette, near monochromatic nature of my paintings are, I hope, somewhat analogous to the stripped-down writing approach of a Raymond Carver or Ernest Hemingway, attempting to eschew extra verbiage for imagery that is pared down to sinew and bone.

Class size limited to 12 students. Lunch is not included.

Materials LIst as a PDF

Typical schedule of Charlie Hunter Workshop
9:00 am Meet at RAA
9:30 am - gather in Discussion Area. Coffee, tasty snacks
9:30-10 - Introductions
10-12 noon – HUNTER DEMO
12-1 pm - lunch on own, or start working
1-3 - students paint
3-4 - gather in Discussion Area. Group critique/discussion

10:00 am - gather on location
10:00-3:00 - students paint
lunch on own
3:00-4:00 - Group critique/discussion

10:00 am - gather on location
10:00-12:00 – HUNTER DEMO
II lunch on own
1:00-3:00 – STUDENTS PAINT
3:00-4:00 - Gather in Discussion Area. Final group critique/discussion

Workshop Fee: $425 for current RAA members / $475 for non-members

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Redwood Art Association
603 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501

If you have questions, please email Claudia Lima

Cancellation Refunds: Full refund of workshop fees will be made if you cancel your participation in the workshop 30 days or more before the start of the workshop. A 50% refund of fees will be made if you cancel within 7 to 30 days before start of the workshop. No refund will be made if you cancel within 7 days of start of the workshop, or if you do not show up or if you leave the workshop early for any reason.

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