Painting the Story in the Still Life

Scott Conary

April 5–7, 2019

All Levels | Oils

Class meets 10 am to 5 pm on the first day
and 9 am to 4 pm on subsequent days.




Every painting, even the humble still life, has a story in it. It's told by what subject we choose to paint, how we present that subject, and how we paint it. Finding what interests us in a subject and how we connect to it drives that story, and directs how the painting is made.

We'll work on small still life paintings to explore the process - from thumbnail sketches, lighting the subject, considerations of composition, to the application of paint to build form with light, color and mark. We will walk the line between technique and intuition, using the still life as a way to explore paint and why we make art.






Workshop Materials List

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A suggested palette including the following colors (or your preferred substitute) plus any additional colors you enjoy:

White (Titanium or Titanium/Zinc White)
Black (Ivory, Mars, or Mars/Ivory)
Yellow Ochre or Gold Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Magenta and/or Alizarin Crimson Permanent
Cadmium Red,Naphthol Red, or Scarlet
Lake Cadmium Yellow (medium or light) or Hansa Yellow

Suggested additional colors (optional):
Phthalo Blue (Green shade if indicated)
Dioxazine purple
Cadmium Orange or Permanent Orange

One of the following (a small bottle is fine) or your favorite:
Gamblin Galkyd Lite (my current favorite) Winsor Newton Liquin Utrecht Alkyd Medium

Brushes: A set of brushes suitable for oil or acrylic paint, bristle or synthetic. A mixture of sizes, at least three or four brushes, ranging from 3/16? to at least 1? in width. Brights or Flats preferred. Plus any favorites.
Painting knife (equivalent to Dick Blick #44 or #6, Loew Cornell #12)

Smooth prepped masonite panels (e.g. Ampersand Gessoboard). At least four in a variety of sizes. Smaller is better. From 5? x 7? up to 9? x 12?. Plus any other supports you might like.

Palette (disposable or wooden)
Two containers with lids for solvent. (glass or metal) One small container for medium.
Vine Charcoal (medium or soft)
Eraser (old fashioned pink eraser works well)
Sketch or drawing pad. Lighter weight (60 lbs paper) is fine.
Rags or Paper Towels (blue shop towels work well)

Nitrile gloves (keeps hands clean)
Additional painting supports (canvas, wood panels, oil painting paper) Table Easel (if you have one available - these will be small paintings)

Easels, tables, shadow box materials, lights and Mona Lisa painting solvent provided by Sedona Arts Center.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.

Scott has been a working painter for more than 20 years, with work in collections across the country. His approach to teaching is to give the students the tools to express their ideas. Fundamentally, drawing and painting is an intuitive and expressive act. Technique and craft should be honed, but the artist must remain open and willing to play. And so must those who teach them.

About Scott Conary

Raised where the east coast suburbs filtered into the woods and farms, Scott Conary (RISD, BFA ?93) creates oil paintings of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, they have something to say about how we interact with the world and each other. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the meat we greedily consume but are repulsed by, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the old door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.

Fueling and inspiring this work is his young daughter?s battle with complicated heart defects, her experiences with disability, And the impact that has had on those around her. This has directed his focus towards the narratives and tensions in the common, and is why he wanders deeper into the thicket of representational work.

His approach to teaching is to give the students more tools to express their ideas. "Technique and craft should be honed, but the artist must remain open and willing to play. And so must those who teach them."

He and his family live in Portland, Oregon.








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