Showing posts with label portrait workshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label portrait workshop. Show all posts

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Still Life Tenebrous Painting

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

Here is a sneak peak at my current project in a Tenebrous still-life painting (Tenebrism). One of the objectives in this project is to create a painting that has text in it. One wants an idea of the quality of the text, but not necessarily be able to read it. I think it is better if one cannot read it since I usually find words in art distracting from the visual experience. While this is still a work-in-progress (WIP), you can already (I hope) get an idea of what is printed material vs. what is handwriting.

I must apologize for the quality of the images taken during this project. There is so much glare in this studio here in Italy that it makes it more difficult than usual to photograph an oil painting. The colors that I am painting are richer that what you see here.

Now, on the other side of that Atlantic Ocean, I will be teaching a Portrait Painting Workshop in central Florida. I will focus on how to create a likeness and go for a three-dimensional look. You will see some of the techniques and concepts that I have learned over the many years of creating, from sculpture to painting to street painting! The dates are May 17-19, 2013, and there is an EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION low price of $220 if you register by the first of April. [After 1 April 2013, the price is $290 for the 14-hour weekend workshop.] To learn more, please visit: Thank you for your interest!

I hope you will be a-wearin’ o’ the green today! Share the Irish love.

St. Patrick’s Day, Irish, art workshop, portrait workshop, tenebrous, still life painting

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Portrait Workshop Florida

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

Well, newsflash! I have just firmed up a workshop that I will be teaching in central Florida this May. I hope you may join me and let us make some art!

"Portrait Painting with Artist Kelly Borsheim"

2013 Art Workshop Dates:
Friday, May 17 from 6-9 pm;
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch is from 1 to 2 p.m.) and
Sunday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m., 2013
(14 hours in total)

Location: Private historic Victorian estate in Sanford, Florida (central Florida). Paid attendees will be given the address before the workshop begins, but the location is near Country Club Road on Highway 46A.

In this hands-on introductory weekend portrait workshop, you will learn how to improve your drawing and observation skills for creating a portrait and how to achieve a more 3-dimensional effect in your art using pastels and charcoal. Or you may prefer to work with oil paint.

Instructor Kelly Borsheim will demonstrate for the class, as well as assist students on an individual basis on their project(s). Emphasis will be on the designing of a portrait and not so much making something look photographic. For this reason, we will create a copy of a master artwork (please choose one shown on the information page on Kelly’s site, On the last day, if you like, you may bring in a photograph of a person's face and we can work with designing a portrait from it. [Or you may bring in a current project you wish to improve.] If you would like to do this, please contact the instructor for more information on the kinds of images you will need to take of your subject.

This workshop is intended for beginners, intermediate, and any professional artists who would like to work on design and technique for portrait painting. However, many of the concepts demonstrated and discussed will apply to many subjects in art. You will receive much personal instruction in a peaceful environment.

Participants do not need to have had prior art experience, although some drawing skills will be helpful. Class size is limited, so please enroll early. More details, as well as the supply list and prices, are listed on the information page on Kelly’s site,

Thank you and by all means contact the studio with any questions!

The above portraits you see here are ones that I created. This last image is a portrait by Pietro Annigoni and is one of the choices you will have to copy in this workshop. Annigoni was a very good designer of portraits!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Showcase of Sculpture New Braunfels Texas

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

You are INVITED! Going on this month (through the 28th anyway) is the special exhibition featuring 3-dimensional work from 38 sculptors from around Texas. I had three works selected - 2 bronzes and one stone sculpture.

The “meet the artists” (including myself) reception is Friday, June 10th, from 5 to 9 p.m.

New Braunfels Art League Gallery

239 W. San Antonio St.
New Braunfels, Texas 78155

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: noon to 5 p.m.

New Braunfels is situated north of the city of San Antonio, but south of San Marcos and Austin. From IH-35, once in New Braunfels, take the Walnut Street exit, head west, and then take a right on San Antonio St. The gallery will be on your right in the charming town center.

I really enjoy these old Texas downtowns, with their long buildings, wood floors and often still the elegant tin ceilings. The NB Art League has done an amazing job of fundraising to renovate and purchase this building. More info. here:

My writer and musician friend from college and New Braunfels native, Laurie Jasinski, took this snapshot of me after we set up my sculptures and pedestals with the aid of Scott, on of the gallery artists. They all seemed like a really kind group of people here and I think you will enjoy your visit.

PS Here is a little reminder about my upcoming Portrait Workshop in Pastels coming soon on Sunday, June 12, at the Vineyard at Florence (Texas). Workshop materials list and registration options are available here:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Portrait Art Workshop

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

If you find yourself in central Texas (Florence, actually) on Sunday, June 12, and want to learn about creating art portraits, come on out to my 3-hour Portrait Workshop.

In this hands-on introductory 3-hour workshop, you will learn how to draw faces. We will go over basic anatomy for the face and skull and also how to capture a likeness. We will talk about differences of the subject's age, sex, personality & expression. Instructor Kelly Borsheim will demonstrate, as well as assisting students on an individual basis. Copy a masterwork (select from one on this page) or bring in a photo of your own to work from.

To register and receive more information, click here:

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