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Bridging Abstraction and Realism

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Bridging Abstraction and Realism
Scott Conary
Date and Time:
10:00 - 4:00
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The open enrollment period begins on
March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

What is abstraction? Realism? How can these two supposedly different approaches come together in our drawings and paintings? Using a variety of source materials, we will explore this divide to better understand how one contributes to the other. We will consider perception, intuition, technique and design with the aim of making stronger and more personal representational work. We will draw, paint, and experiment.

About the Instructor(s)

Raised where the suburbs filtered into woods and farms, Scott Conary (RISD, BFA '93) paints everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, melancholy, triumph, and the camouflage of time.

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.

Scott teaches workshops around the country and classes both in his studio and on-line with the goal of helping students find the tools to express their ideas.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Sketch book

• Pad of paper 11" x 14" or larger (somewhat larger can be helpful)

• Vine charcoal

• Compressed charcoal

• Eraser (Pink Pearl or white eraser)

• Pencil


• Paints come in a wide range of qualities and price points and colors can vary from brand to brand. When shopping for paint, if possible, try to buy artist grade instead of student grade paints. Every artist has their favorite colors, and the more you paint, the more colors you may want.

This is a suggested palette. Please brig the following colors or your preferred substitute, plus any additional colors you enjoy (standard 37ml. tubes or smaller are fine):

• White (Titanium or Titanium/Zinc white)

• Black (Ivory or Mars/Ivory)

• Yellow Ochre or Gold Ochre

• Burnt Sienna

• Burnt Umber

• Ultramarine Blue

• Cadmium Red (medium) or Naphthol red

• Quinacridone Magenta and/or Alizarin Crimson Permanent

• Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hansa Yellow (or Winsor Yellow, produced by Winsor & Newton) or Cadmium Yellow Hue*

*hues are substitutes that are much less toxic and less expensive, but often not as saturated and rich.

Suggested additional colors:

• Phthalo Blue (Green shade if indicated)

• Dioxazine Purple

• Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange hue, Pryolle Orange, or Gamblin’s Permanent Orange.

• Raw Umber


• You are not obligated to use a medium but for a workshop or class, an alkyd medium that dries faster can be ideal. One of the following (a small bottle is fine) or your favorite:

- Gamblin Galkyd or Galkyd Lite (these are what I usually use)

- Winsor Newton Liquin (some like it but I am not a fan)

- Utrecht Alkyd Medium

(instructor will bring medium for those traveling from out of state)


• Instructor will supply solvent - if bringing your own, please bring Gamsol or Turpenoid (not natural)


• Brushes: A selection 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. Metal and small with a head no more than 2" in total length. Examples: Dick Blick #44, #46, or #6, Liquitex #5 or #16, Loew Cornell #12.


• While easels will be available, if you have a favorite easel that’s well suited to travel and not too large, consider bringing it.


• A disposable palette, wooden, or glass, or one suitable for travel, large enough for days of painting. Disposable palettes are ideal for a workshop setting.


• You need something to paint on. For our purposes, smaller is often ideal. From 5" x 7" to 11" x 14" or so. Smooth prepped masonite panels, such as Ampersand Gessoboard, work well. If you have a favorite surface to paint on feel free to bring it. Please bring at least a few different sizes.

* Avoid the cheapest pre-stretched canvases. They have a strong and intrusive texture that is especially troublesome in smaller sizes.


• Rags or paper towels (blue shop towels work well)

• Two containers with lids for solvent - glass or metal

• One small container for painting medium (e.g. baby food jar)

• Messy clothing. Paint goes places you don't mean it to go.

• Nitrile gloves (keeps hands clean. You can buy them at hardware store). This is

somewhat optional. I always make a mess and always use gloves.


• We're going to work from both from life and from other sources. Please bring a number of images to use as the start of some paintings and drawings: printed photographs, images on a tablet/laptop, sketchbook, etc. These can be your own images, taken from magazines, what ever you find of interest.

In addition, please bring some objects that you might find satisfying and challenging to paint and please be willing to share: produce, glass objects, old shoes, almost anything of reasonable size.

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Solvent

• Paint medium

• Sample painting panels

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