STILL LIFE AND PORTRAIT IN OILS – Having fun with Faces, Fruit and Flowers
Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA
This workshop will explore a wide range of Still Life and Portrait subjects, from the quick sketch to more completed work. Students of any level will be inspired by the challenges of these exciting subjects and will love the relaxed and happy atmosphere that Paul’s classes are known for, enjoying regular demonstrations by the tutor each day. You may choose your own preferred subject matter; take on a different challenge each day, or work on one or two extended studies for the 5 days – it’s up to you. We will be using the ever popular tonal impressionist approach to oil painting and a diversity of fun and flexible techniques to loosen up your work, making tonal values easy to understand and your colour mixing problems melt away. Watch your paintings come to life with light and shade, form and space and sparkling with colour. Still Life will include a variety of colourful subjects such as flowers, fruit, fabric, glass and metallic surfaces, each presenting exciting challenges in tone, colour and many varied textures. Design and composition will be studied as we capture the play of light and feeling of the subject. Portraits are always exciting subjects and students are welcome to bring their own portrait reference if desired. Perhaps a family member or friend you’ve always wanted to surprise with a portrait. Now’s your chance. Paul will provide portrait subjects as well and lots of tips on the mysteries of painting the human face. Open to all comers 18 years and over.
Paul McDonald Smith OAM, FVAS, FRSA was born Melbourne 1956 and started painting in his early teens, primarily influenced by the work of renowned Australian artist Sir William Dargie C.B.E., who was to become his friend and mentor. Since then Paul has made full time a career of painting in the tradition of tonal impressionism, working mostly in oil. Educated at Scotch College, Paul studied Fine Art at RMIT. He was awarded the Camberwell Travel Scholarship for European Study in 1986, having previously undertaken an extensive private study under the guidance of several leading artists 1973-79. Paul has travelled widely, studying and painting in Europe on various occasions. He has exhibited since 1976 and has held 6 major solo exhibitions. In addition to his own painting, Paul has conducted adult painting classes and workshops since 1977 and has judged countless art competitions throughout 5 States of Australia since 1982. Paul served 11 years as Chairman of the Judging and Advisory Panel of the $50,000 A.M.E. Bale Scholarship (2003-’14) Australia’s richest award for traditional painting. He was appointed Chairman of the TASART Judging Panel, Burnie, Tasmania in 2010 & 2016, Victor Harbor Art exhibition, South Australia in 2008, and is past Chairman of the Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary art exhibition judging panel and has held various judging appointments for the Royal Art Society of NSW. He is frequently invited to lecture and demonstrate painting techniques to art societies and workshops. Known for his colourful paintings of flowers and still life, Paul’s work includes landscape, portrait and figure painting. His work has won numerous awards including the ‘VAS Artist of the Year Award’ in 2001, ‘Bright Art Award’ 1999 & 2006, the ‘Norman Kaye Medal’ 1998 &1999 and many others. His paintings can be found in Public, Corporate, Regional, Institutional and Private Collections throughout Australia and overseas. Named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2005, Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the visual arts as a painter and lecturer. In 1997 Paul was invited to membership in the prestigious Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc. and was elected President of that Society in 2003 serving until 2013. He is also a Fellow and past President of the historic Victorian Artist Society (1998-2003) where he has been an active member since 1976. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London in 1999, he has been appointed an honorary member of several regional groups including the Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group (past president), the Box Hill Art Group and the Hobson’s Bay Art Society. His bibliography includes: Who’s Who in Australia, Who’s Who in the World (USA), State Library of Victoria – Oral History Interview (Archive DVD recording), VAS Journal, Australian Artist, many Editorial, Biographical, Curatorial and Instructional publications and various radio, television and print media interviews.