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Loosen Up: Oil & Acrylic Painting Workshop with Derek Penix

Winner of the 2018 Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence for Animals in the National Exhibition, Derek is leading this three-day workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. The first half of each day Penix will paint a painting from a photo to demonstrate his process from start to finish using oil paint. The second half of the day the students will paint with Penix's guidance. Students are also welcome to bring a painting previously painted for Penix to critique.

Students will use oils (acrylics are allowed as well) to paint from photos. They will have a choice of dozens of photographs consisting of boats, cityscapes, figures, and fish. Students will also have the option to paint from their own photos if they choose.

Penix will cover topics such as the power of warms and cools, complementaries, harmony, edges, shape-quality, variety, simplifying, loosening brushwork, elements of design, elements of light and shadow and the power of suggestion. There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships. $395 cash/check, $410 credit card.

Supply List: 3-4 smaller oil primed, canvases around 12x12, 10x10 and 6x6 in size and sizes you would prefer (his reference photos are cropped square), Filbert #6, #4, #2, #0, pallet knife, portable easel (optional), Gamsol thinner, I tend to use the following colors but you can use your own preferred pallet if desired. Brand of paint does not matter, Titanium white, Cad Yellow light, Cad yellow medium, Cad yellow deep, Cad orange, Cad red light, Permanent rose, Cerulean blue, Cobalt blue, Ultramarine blue, Viridian Green, Yellow Ochre, Vandyke brown.

About Derek Penix
Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up watching members of his family paint but didn't pursue painting himself until after high school. After trying his hand at painting and selling his first piece he knew this was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. 

Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting."

Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."

Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Penix's most notable and recent award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24: 9 am - 4 pm
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