Three-Day Basics of Oil Painting
Instructor Connie Winters
May 19, 20 & 21, 2019
9:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Connie Winters has become a very popular and sought after teacher of oil painting. Although her works are impressionistic, her method of teaching can be used for any style. She is one of the few instructors who teach real basics of getting the paint from the palette to the canvas.
There will be a demonstration each morning to show how a painting evolves from beginning to almost finish. The first day usually starts with a still life to promote the importance of working from life and how to go about it. Connie likes to demonstrate painting an interior, and a landscape to show that the same steps can be applied to any situation.
Color, composition, value, drawing and many useful pointers will be touched on. The whole spectrum of utensils, canvases, mediums, etc. will be discussed. Connie is open to all questions during the workshop, is patient, thorough and consistent.
Although Winters has painted most of her life, it wasn’t until 1985 that she determined to become a professional artist. She gave herself the gift of two years to develop a defined style of painting. Her signature style, creating fresh vibrant landscapes and warm inviting interiors, emerged quickly. Soon she began selling her paintings through well known galleries.
Connie is an active observer, intent on recording the interplay of color and light. Color is a key ingredient in each of her paintings. “Painting is like a puzzle,” she explains. “An example, putting cool reds against warm reds creates excitement to capture the eye of the viewer.” Another equally key ingredient is strong drawing skills, which lay down the architecture of the design.
“I see color where others may not notice it. While some would look at a road and say it is black, I will see shades of lavender, blue or even gold, depending on the light. It all depends upon the light.”
An avid gardener Winters cultivates this same passion for color and architecture in her arbors, paths and flowers. Connie’s garden palette carries into the interior of her home. Some of her most popular paintings feature warm intimate interiors, bursting with vibrant color and softly diffused light inviting one to linger awhile.
Over two decades now, Connie has shared her love of France and the inspiration she gathers through travel by conducting painting workshops. Her enthusiasm for the rural regions of Provence and Dordogne, French culture, the ambience of the small villages, wild masses of flowers and bucolic landscapes is shared with her students. In addition to travel workshops, Winters hosts two, three day workshops in Matthews, NC and one to three day workshops associated with some of the galleries.
Connie has studied with notable artists Phillip Moose-Pulitzer Prize for art, the late Shirley Markham, Alice Steadman, Constantine Chatov, Mark Chatov, Alice Williams, the late Henry Barnes, and Quang Ho. More recently she has studied with Kevin McPherson and C.W. Mundy.
Her paintings are found in many notable private and corporate collections, which include, John Randolph Hearst Jr., the Coca-Cola collection, the Duke Mansion in Charlotte and the permanent collections of Erskine College, Presbyterian College and Wingate College.
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