Aimee Erickson - Painting the Back-Lit Still Life, March 9-12, 2020

Date:March 9-12, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Level: All
Medium: Oil or Acrylics

In painting we use color and value to show how light describes nature. Learning to understand various lighting phenomena gives us more freedom in choosing how we paint the objects we see, rather than having to look to nature for every decision. 

In this workshop we will study the phenomenon of backlighting, where the light source is behind the  object. Start with what you do know and gain skills by doing exercises that isolate different aspects of painting. Fun and informative, with loads of practical take-home principles. 

Don’t miss this 4-day workshop with acclaimed artist Aimee Erickson, 2019 Grand Prize Winner at Plein Air Easton!

SKILL LEVEL Appropriate for all levels; true beginners are advised to familiarize themselves with tools and materials, particularly french easels, before class starts. 


Aimee Erickson (b. 1967) is an oil painter living in Portland,  Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and has developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience. She holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design, and has also studied with a number of prominent painters including Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, Burton  Silverman, Joseph Paquet, William Park, Stephen Hayes, and Ray Roberts.

Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. The portrait hangs in the Oregon State House, upstairs on the legislature side.

Aimee teaches studio and plein-air painting, drawing, and color theory locally and at venues nationwide. She has a particular interest in what enables or inhibits our progress as artists. How do we learn to see what we cannot yet see? How do our beliefs influence our ability to perceive? What is the role of knowledge in the realm of choice? How do we “tune in” to our artistic perception?

Aimee’s work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions, and most recently at Plein Air Easton .

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