2021 – Fiona Bilbrough. Classic Portraiture in Oils.

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Deposit Fiona Bilbrough $211.43 (AUD)  

  • April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fiona Bilbrough, Victoria. Oils.

In this workshop I will discuss and demonstrate classical techniques of historic and modern portrait painters, I will teach you how to formulate a program for yourself to stay in control of the most important elements of tonal painting. Areas of high priority will be drawing, tone, edges, colour and application techniques. I want you to learn how paint behaves and fall in love with the forgiving medium of oils and not be intimidated by portraiture. I am sure you will appreciate the language being interpreted in an easy to understand dialogue while I am demonstrating. This will happen multiple times each day. I encourage you to bring a camera. I teach everyone equally whether you are a beginner or advanced.

Open to all comers 18 years and over.

The models fee will be included in the student requirement list.

Summary of the information that will be presented: Composition; setting up the model; correct lighting. What to leave in….what to leave out …and why. Tonal rub out. How to make a strong start. Mixing colours. A set of tones in colour. Balance and harmony. Black and white to colours. Simplified palette. Variation of all the boundaries. Lightest light to darkest dark. Thinnest to thickest paint. Soft edges to hardest edge (focal point). Benefits and traps of working from photos. Why you should …or should not. These are the Studio essentials for painting a convincing portrait without too much distress.

I want to make you feel safe to step out of your comfort zone and understand that you already have it in you to be a portrait painter. I want you to come along and enjoy the journey, embrace the challenges and surprise yourself with your capabilities given the right environment and encouraging support. Loads of demonstrations, healthy robust discussions, lots of comparative analysis. We will use live models as well as reproductions, including the great masters.

Fiona Bilbrough was born in 1967. She studied at the University of Melbourne and graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Fine Art in 1989.

Fiona took a two-year course with John Balmain in portrait and still life painting in 1988 and 1989. Fiona was an art teacher for multi-aged groups in oil painting at the McClelland Guild of Artists 1986-1995. From 1988 onwards Fiona was a contract Art teacher and Artist in Residence in several schools. Since 1990, Fiona has given private tuition for children and adults in her own studio. Fiona teaches still life, portraiture, plaster casts and in open-air painting utilising the Meldrum methods of casual observation.

Fiona was awarded the Alice Bale Scholarship in 1995, enabling her to study painting in Europe. Fiona received the Gordon Moffat Award in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Fiona has work in private collections in France, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland and throughout Australia.

Fiona is a tonal realist, known for excellence in still life and portraiture. She works primarily in oils. A special achievement for Fiona was receiving the Alice Bale Scholarship in 1995. This enabled her to study master paintings in Europe. Fiona is a member of the Victorian Artists Society and Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. Winning numerous awards her work has also been published in the Australian Artists Magazine in 1996, 1997 and 2004. Fiona received the Victorian Artist of the Year Award in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She has work in private collections in France, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland and throughout Australia.



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