Still Life Oil Painting with Frank Janca
December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016
Location: Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Address: 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Price: $75 per person per day, registration ends December 1st
In this workshop, we will follow the tradition of the Golden Age of painting as exemplified by Rubens, Velasquez and Titian. We will explore in depth the techniques of the Old Masters. The creation of a believable and dimensional painting is greatly facilitated when, instead of just copying laboriously what is before you, one approaches reality with a "concept," for example, the movement of light in the painting. The concept permits you to see the still life as an idea and to express it with the principles of the Old Masters. These principles include; contrast of light and shadows, opaque lights and transparent shadows, understanding how to use the half-tone with its magnificent pearl effect, quality of paint, creating the substance and dimension of the objects with opaque and transparent passages. Using these principles or tools to express the larger idea or concept you will always know where you are and where you are going in the painting process.
Frank Janca is a modern-day master in the truest sense. His impressionist canvases display an emulation of the Baroque and Renaissance Masters married with a refined individual style. Janca insists on personal involvement in every aspect of his paintings. Dissatisfied with the quality of paints commercially available to artists, he grinds his pigment by hand and cooks his own oil mediums, similar to the manner of medieval alchemists. His carefully prepared linen canvases are frequently under painted in grisaille, a centuries-old technique of painting the forms in grayscale before color is used. Janca then paints the final image with rich, jeweled colors. The results of these efforts are luxurious colors now rare in contemporary work and paintings which will remain in the finest condition for generations to come. The length of a typical painting day for Janca is about 14 hours. Such perseverance has brought Janca's work to a level reflecting the insight and maturity of a master painter who is recognized as such in the United States and abroad.