517CW: Basics of Oil Painting with Connie Winters
Level: Beginners with Experience and UpCOVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR WORKSHOP ATTENDEES
The first day will begin with a still life to promote the importance of working from life and how to go about it. Students will begin in a monochromatic color scheme to get a better understanding of values. Connie likes to demonstrate painting an interior and a landscape to show that the same steps can be applied to any situation. Discussion of color, composition, value, drawing and many useful pointers will be included. The whole spectrum of utensils, canvases, mediums, etc. will also be discussed. Students will paint from a still life and photographs. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, Connie will work with you at your level and personal style.
- Connie Winters
Although Winters has painted most of her life, it wasn’t until 1985 that she determined to become a professional artist. She gave herself the gift of two years to develop a defined style of painting. Her signature style, creating fresh vibrant landscapes and warm inviting interiors, emerged quickly. Soon she began selling her paintings through gallery representation.
Perhaps best-known for her vibrant Impressionist-style paintings Connie Winters has a unique sensitivity to color. “I see so much color and I’m drawn to it,” she explains, “I think I see more than most people; while some would look at a road and see gray asphalt I will see shades of lavender, blue and even red. It’s just the way it appears to me.”
Connie is an active observer, intent on recording the interplay of color and light. Color is a key ingredient in each of Connie’s paintings. Another equally basic element is strong drawing skills, which lay down the architecture of the design. Connie has studied with notable artists Phillip Moose-Pulitzer Prize for art, the late Shirley Markham, Alice Steadman, Constantine Chatov, Mark Chatov, Alice Williams, and Quang Ho.
Winters’ works are found in many notable private art and corporate collections, including that of John Randolph Hearst, Jr. of New York, the Coca-Cola collection, the Duke Mansion in Charlotte and the permanent collections of Erskine College, Presbyterian College and Wingate College.