May 2019 Workshop Announced

Susan Patton workshop just announced for May 16-18. Susan will cover “5 key principles” that should be applied for every painting. Students will paint from a still life set up as well as from photos they bring from home.  This workshop is for all level artists (from beginners to experienced) who want to use oil painting materials and techniques with better understanding and success. 

Scenes from my February Workshop

I was honored to have very great artists in my “Painting People from Photo” workshop last week. It started on Valentine’s Day, and each found a box of chocolates waiting for them to let them know how grateful I was to share the day with them. The first day I presented a slide show of various ways I begin painting from photo, including step by step images of some of the latest portraits I have done. Then I began a demonstration of a painting and gave them the afternoon to begin their own. The next day was all about color. I demonstrated a way of mixing color that I found helpful to me. After this, I started a new painting based on a more direct method of painting color. Then they proceeded in their own paintings by adding color. The third day the students continued working in their paintings with me rotating around to help.

I was blown away at the talent in the room, and the camaraderie could not be better. It was truly an awesome time if seeing old friends and making new ones while doing what we all had fallen in love with- painting people.

Painting in Dallas

What an AWESOME city! Thank you, Dallas, and to my hosts, for a great stay as I worked on capturing photographs and a study for my next portrait commission. It was well worth the trip in order to meet and get to know this client and his family. They were very gracious, and the trip could not have been better.

I was also able to tour the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University and the Meadows Art Museum. This museum captures one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. I saw works from Joaquin Sorolla, Francisco Jose de Goya, and Eduardo Chicharro, among others. At the end of my tour, I came across the portrait of the founder of this museum, Algur H. Meadows by Everett Raymond Kinstler, whom I greatly admire. What an inspiring time, and a great trip, as well. 

New 1 day intensive portrait workshop October 20

Logan and Bear” 24×30, oil

1 Day Portrait Workshop

Date: October 20

Time: 8:30-4:30

Place: Pontotoc, MS (Dot Courson Studio)

Cost: $150

Limited to 5 students for intense personalized instruction

Coming off the heels from studying with master portrait artist Michael Shane Neal, Susan will instruct an intense workshop for a small group of five students. Students should expect personalized instruction and individualized help painting portraits from photo.

To register: