Michael Workman Workshop
Plein Air To Studio
DATE: August 5 - 9, 2013
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate/advanced
For Michael Workman, the act of painting usually starts with an emotional response to the landscape and is ultimatily completed by the viewers through their emotional responses to the painting. A delicate balance is achieved in his paintings between realism and abstraction. The landscape can be dramatic, moody and subtle. Michael Workman's art is blended in a play between opposites on a variety of levels: classicism and romanticism, thin and thick paint, warm and cool colors, careful planning and spontaneity. "That flirtation between yin and yang is by design, because in Workman's view, mastering those opposites is a source of unparalleled magic." (SouthWest Art, September 1996).
This workshop will emulate Michael's working process by starting in the beautiful Whidbey Island landscape for plein air research and then developing work in the studio for the remainder of the week. Michael will demonstrate and lecture for all the students while allowing plenty of one-on-one time for discussion and critique designed to help each student achieve their own personal vision. Students should already have basic drawing skills and prior experience with landscape painting.
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Michael Workman's Bio
My wife Laurel and I, with our five children, live in the small town of Spring City in central Utah. I am a "Utah Boy" born and raised and though now in my "middle ages" still love the high mountain desert that I grew up in. I spent most of my childhood and young adult years on a small farm in Highland Utah and most of the subjects that find their way into my paintings are the rural things that I grew up with. Highland as well as the rest of Utah Valley is now a fine example of urban sprawl. This "progress" up north is what inspired our "move to the country" over a decade ago. After Laurel and I finished our education (as if it is ever finished) at Brigham Young University we moved South to the Sanpete Valley that I had grown fond of during hunting trips with my Dad as well as photo trips by myself trying to find my way as a developing landscape painter. When asked for an artist statement I try to keep it simple; I am a "contemporary traditionalist". I know that sounds contradictory, but I hope I can be up-to-date, and still honor tradition. One thing that is consistent in art history, is the opposition between different ideas, i.e.: contemporary vs. traditional, romantic vs. classic, naturalistic vs. abstract, etc. I decided years ago not to choose between the opposites, but instead work to bring them together in a beautiful way.
My watchword is beauty. It is not difficult to see that we live in a world that is full of turmoil. On the other hand, it is easy to be tempted by the cliche. Rather than choose between angst or picturesque beauty, I hope to offer a reminder that there is beauty in the ordinary. When asked for an artistic statement one is tempted to try to impress with intellectual rhetoric, but my statement is simple: "There are still good things."