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Painting The Still Life Harmoniously & With Precision With Teresa Oaxaca- Old Town, Alexandria

Are you looking to unleash your creativity and tap into a sense of peace and tranquility? Look no further! I am thrilled to announce my upcoming class, "Painting The Still Life In Oil Paint Harmoniously And With Precision," which will take place in the charming surroundings of Old Town, Alexandria, on August 5-6. This immersive experience will guide you through the mesmerizing world of still-life painting, and it promises to be a weekend filled with inspiration, joy, and artistic growth.

Why choose still life painting, you may ask? Well, it not only serves as a therapeutic outlet, but it also allows us to create beautiful pieces of art that can enhance our living spaces. Imagine carefully arranging an assortment of fruits, flowers, and objects and then capturing their vibrant colors and delicate details on canvas. These stunning paintings have the power to transform any room, adding an element of elegance and charm that is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you walk by.

Moreover, still-life painting is an excellent way to train your hand-eye coordination. Every brushstroke requires precision and attention to detail. As you focus on capturing the delicate nuances of each object, your mind becomes fully engrossed in the creative process, enhancing your ability to concentrate and mentally connect with your surroundings. This exercise is not only beneficial for honing your artistic skills but also for improving cognitive functions and nurturing a sense of mindfulness.

Join me and paint in Old Town, Alexandria, and uncover the joy of still-life painting. No matter your level of experience, this class will provide you with the guidance and techniques you need to create stunning harmonious compositions. Come and experience the peace of mind that comes from immersing yourself in art while gaining valuable skills that will stay with you on your artistic journey. Don't miss this opportunity to indulge your creativity in a vibrant and picturesque setting. Secure your spot today, and let's explore the world of still-life painting together!

Artist Teresa Oaxaca in her studio in front of her painting "Pursuit"
Artist Teresa Oaxaca With "Pursuit"



SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MULTI-DAY | AUGUST 5-6, 2022. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

In this workshop, students paint one still life over two days. The subject is a table-top floral arrangement with small insects and mammals studded about the composition. Each student sets up a personal arrangement to view and paint from. They work on a 16×20” canvas or panel. Each meeting, Teresa demonstrates a live painting and provides individualized critiques for every participant. The emphasis of this workshop is on color, matching values, drawing, design of space, rendering of details, and glazing. There is an added element of utilizing outside photo references of small creatures, such as birds or insects, into the painting. How to animate photographs and mix reference is discussed.


Teresa Oaxaca Painting Inspiring Art
Teresa Oaxaca Painting Inspiring Art

Ah, still life painting. It's a fascinating art form that has always captivated me. But to be honest, I sometimes feel like I'm not your typical portrait painter. In fact, I rarely feel as though I paint portraits at all. Instead, I feel more like a still life painter who just happens to put portraits of people into my artwork.

Let me give you an example. A few years ago, a dear friend of mine, let's call her Sarah, asked me to paint a portrait of her. I was flattered, of course, but at the same time, I hesitated. My mind immediately started envisioning an elaborate still life setup with Sarah's face perfectly nestled amidst a myriad of fruits, flowers, and delicate objects.

So, I took on the challenge, determined to create a portrait that wasn't just a typical head-and-shoulders depiction ( have painted so many of those..). I wanted to infuse the essence of Sarah into my still life world.

I gathered my supplies, set up my easel, and had Sarah pose for me. But instead of focusing solely on her face, I found myself getting lost amidst the quirkiness of the objects surrounding her. The vibrant yellow bird she held in her hand seemed to dance with life, the flowers in the background whispered their secrets to me, and even the teacup sitting nearby seemed to have a story to tell.

As I painted, I found myself lost in the intricate details of the still life tableau, capturing the play of light and shadow, and the delicate interplay of colors. Sarah's portrait became a part of this harmonious still life scene, blending in seamlessly with the beauty that surrounded her. It was almost as if through realizing the vibrant world of still life around her, her own face became at once camouflaged and revealed by the myriad reflected colors dancing upon her skin.

When I finally revealed the finished painting to Sarah, her eyes widened with amazement. She loved it! But the best part for me was seeing how the essence of who Sarah was had been captured not just in her face but also in the magical world of still life that surrounded her.

That experience made me realize one important thing—I am not just a portrait painter; I am a still life painter who infuses the souls of people into my artwork. And when I see the joy and wonder that my paintings bring to others, I know that I'm doing exactly what I was meant to do.

So, my dear readers, if you ever find yourself feeling like you don't fit into a specific artistic mold, fear not. Embrace your unique perspective and let it guide you. You never know; you might just discover a whole new world within yourself, just waiting to be painted.

Teresa Oaxaca's Art Studio
Teresa Oaxaca's Art Studio

Learning to paint in a realistic manner can be an incredibly draining and difficult endeavor for many aspiring artists. It requires a level of patience, focus, and attention to detail that can be mentally and physically exhausting. Furthermore, progressing through this journey without the aid of a good system, teacher, or working practice can lead to a myriad of pitfalls and setbacks.

One of the main challenges of learning realistic painting techniques is the level of precision and accuracy required. Achieving the realistic representation of objects, textures, and colors necessitates a deep understanding of form, light, and perspective. This level of technical expertise is not easily acquired through self-study alone. Without proper guidance, many artists fall into the trap of trial and error, wasting valuable time and energy without making substantial progress.

Another difficulty lies in the vast amount of information available on realistic painting techniques. The abundance of books, tutorials, and online resources can be overwhelming and confusing, making it difficult to discern reliable information from dubious sources. This unorganized approach to learning can lead to frustration and a lack of clear direction or progress.

Additionally, even with access to quality resources, self-study lacks the critical feedback loop that comes with having an experienced teacher. A good teacher can provide invaluable insights, critique, and guidance tailored to an artist's specific needs and skill level. Without this mentorship, artists may find it challenging to identify their weaknesses and areas for improvement, hindering their progress and growth.

Furthermore, finding a proper working practice can also be a stumbling block for self-taught artists. Developing a consistent routine, setting achievable goals, and establishing a structured practice schedule can be difficult without the guidance and accountability provided by a system or teacher. This can result in artists feeling overwhelmed or unmotivated, leading to a lack of progress or burnout.

Learning to paint realistically is an arduous journey that requires dedication, patience, and a strong will. I believe, however that learning to enjoy the process of learning itself will go a long way and save you some of that frustration. It’s important to choose a teacher whom you admire for some reason, whether it is their artwork, method, or attitude toward life. Avoid instructors to whom you feel little affinity, as this lack of interest is a sure sign that you will not be progressing smoothly, and indeed, you may even be backtracking and losing valuable time and potential opportunities.

Proceeding with self-study without the aid of a good system, teacher, and working practice can lead to frustration, wasted time, and a lack of progress. If you are truly passionate and determined to master realistic painting techniques, it is highly recommended to seek out the guidance of a knowledgeable teacher or join a reputable art program that provides a structured learning environment. This will not only expedite your progress but also alleviate the pitfalls and challenges commonly associated with self-study.

Artist Teresa Oaxaca With The Golden Birds In her art studio
Artist Teresa Oaxaca With The Golden Birds


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