Creating a Sense of Mass and Volume when Painting the Figure with Nicole Sleeth
August 24, 2019
Saturday, August 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Saturday, August 24, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Learn to add depth, mass and volume to your paintings with Nicole Sleeth!
A convincing portrayal of depth, mass, and volume helps create a satisfying and powerful figurative oil painting. Join Nicole for a demonstration and discussion while she works on a large-scale figurative portrait in oil. The demo will explore topics such as colour temperature relationships as they relate to value changes, considerations when working from a photo reference, and paint application and brushwork, as well as any topics that come up in participant questions.
Nicole’s work centers the female figure as an exploration of power, connection, and lived experience. Born in Kingston, ON, Nicole met art at an early age through her grandmother, who offered books about Emily Carr and Claude Monet. In encountering Bob Grant’s Fine Art Studio in Ottawa in 1998, Nicole discovered the atelier method of instruction, where she developed a love for the figurative work of the masters, producing intensive studies of Rembrandt, Velazquez, Vermeer, and others.
In 2010, following the end of a gallery position in Vancouver, Nicole opened her own atelier to teach and paint full time only a year later. Nicole’s work has won awards in the Annual International Representational Show by the Federation of Canadian Artists, Figureworks Ottawa, and the Sooke Fine Arts Show, and has been featured in Focus and Boulevard Magazine in Victoria, BC.
She has continued her education by participating in workshops at the New York Academy of Art and the Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, studying with Alyssa Monks, Christopher Pugliese, and Max Ginsburg, and still considers Monet to be one of her greatest influences.