I recently attended a painting workshop with artist Johannes Vloothuis that was held at the Oakville Art Society. I had been looking forward to attending this workshop as it was the first class that I would be having in person with Johaness as I have taken a number of online workshops with him over the years.
I really have learned so much from his online classes and I find that I often refer back to the pages and pages of notes that I had made during those classes. He provides a wealth of information and further references for his students and I was happy to add to my notes while watching him do a painting demonstration at the Oakville Art Society on January 12th.
Although he was painting in oil, which is a medium I don’t have a lot of experience with, and he was doing a traditional landscape, the information he provided on composition and design was so helpful and could be applied to any medium and/or subject matter. One of the many tidbits that I came away with that I liked the most was that he said “A good painting makes somebody daydream”….where in a sense they feel themselves in it and or a part of it. He went on to say that a successful painting needs to “stimulate the imagination of the viewer” and that all the technical skills in the world won’t help if the painting fails to convey an emotion or a sense of feeling.
Here are a few pictures from the workshop:
If you’d like more information about Johannes Vloothuis and his classes you can visit his website at www.improvemypaintings.com