Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Thomas Jefferson Kitts Workshop

Last Friday, February 4th, I attended Thomas Kitts one day workshop in Portland Oregon.  

Being new to oils I had a lot of questions about the medium.  I found it very helpful to watch Thomas paint while standing near-by and being able to ask questions as he demonstrated.

Thomas had about 4 still-lifes set around the large room we were using in the Oregon Society for Artists building and we were able to pick which ever one we wanted to try our hand at.  
He chose the one above to use as his demo.
Below you can see he has most of his painting blocked in.

When it came time for the rest of us to choose our still-lifes I did not choose the one he had used as a demo ... Can you say  intimidating? *grin.  Instead mine had grapes, melon, wine bottle etc.   

It was a very long day for me traveling 3 hours there and 3 back home, but I knew I had made the right choice in attending Thomas's workshop at the end of the day.  We were busy the whole day and I found the time just flew by as I  was busy trying to comprehend all that was being shared and painting my still-life.  Although I wasn't able to complete my painting Thomas was very generous with his critique on my work for the day which was very encouraging.

I've been busy every since the workshop but am looking forward to getting some time in at the easel and put into practice what I've hopefully learned. 

If you are in the Portland area don't hesitate to attend one of Thomas Kitts workshops.  He's a very generous and helpful teacher.


  1. Anonymous11:32 PM

    How lucky for you to be able to attend this workshop. I am sure it will encourage you to continue your painting because you are talented and there is no reason why you could not succeed with oils.
    I would love to attend this kind of workshop because I have many shorcomings (I am self-taught.) Unfortunately, those I know are far too expensive for me and are for a full week or more.
    I wish you a creative day.

  2. It sounds like it was a good experience for you, Nancy! Keep on practicing and putting those miles on your brush. You are well on your way toward achieving your goals! Katherine

  3. So nice to see views of Portland through the windows. Lucky lady!!

  4. Sally, Portland is a wonderful city full of fun things to do and see. We lived there for over 30 years before moving here. Its still fun to go back.

    Katherine things keeps getting in my way of making my way to the easel ... maybe soon I'll be able to put what I learned into practice.

    Helene, thanks so much for your kind comments.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to post about this workshop. I love to hear about workshops and especially to see photos from the day.
    Your last two boat paintings are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!