07 Herman Pekel

7. LANDSCAPES IN OIL – The Importance of Tone


Herman Pekel


This is an informative and hands-on workshop designed for artists with some experience, based on the solid fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realists. The first lesson in painting is don’t ever start a painting until you know why you are doing it. Next is how you are going to do it. Think things through and you will backtrack and correct less often. There is much to be said about spontaneity as long as you plan for it! Before you start a painting, stop and look at your subject and decide some key issues. Ask yourself questions and study your answers. Most of the answers we understand; we just don’t know the proper questions. Where is my hardest edge? Where is my softest edge? Where is my lightest light? Where is my darkest dark? The answers to these questions will help you to organise your work into something that may not be so overwhelming right from the beginning. Once you have a few of these anchor points, you will no longer feel lost and can start to work with some confidence. You no longer feel that your subject has been lost, and feel that you can begin with a clear path in mind. All work should begin with some sort of plan. Instructional methods are based on direct observation and the techniques to interpret those observations in paint, and will include instructions on procedures and materials. Personal critiques are given. Come join a week of exploring the beauty of colour in oils. Designed for all levels of experience in oils; this is an exciting and informative workshop helping you to train your eye in the discipline of observation. There will be demonstrations every day, we will be exploring landscape, streetscapes the inclusion of water in your paintings. Expect to have a laugh each day. Herman’s workshops are in high demand Australia wide and internationally; an early enrollment is encouraged. Open to artist 18 years and over with some experience in the medium of oils.

Like many artists Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now well known for his oils and watercolours. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolour or gouache. Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and his love of the landscape reflects that in almost everything he paints. He produces paintings of strong design and powerful impact – every brush-stroke vibrant and visible. The scope of Herman’s work has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist. Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1993 and was previously three times a finalist in Camberwell’s Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolour Prize and also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989. He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary Art Shows Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolour prize in 1989, 1993, 1995 and 2006, the Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award. In 1994 the National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and travelling exhibition with selected artists from Australia, USA and Taiwan. Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA. His works are featured in the books “Australian Impressionist and Realist Artists” which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom Roberts; “120 Years of Watercolourists”, by the Australian Realist Artists; “Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand” by Max Germaine and “Profile on Contemporary Watercolours”.


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