Master Workshop with Charles Miano
The era of Romanticism defined the artistic and intellectual legacy of the early 19th century. This movement was characterized by passionate emotion, the idealization of nature, and a deep appreciation for earlier, simpler ways of life. In this era, the visual arts flourished in a way unlike any seen before or since. Many of the great artists and thinkers of the time emphasized the aesthetic experience – centering the experience and expression of emotion above all else. Folk art, ancient traditions, and spontaneity were elevated as noble and desirable practices. The original Romantics strove towards the sublime – an experience of art or nature that is so grand, awe-inspiring, and beautiful as to be indescribable. The artists of that time worked to inspire unparalleled emotion, and to create an idealized version of natural beauty. To join the subjective emotional and objective natural worlds.
Creating a likeness of a person is one of the great challenges facing an artist. In this workshop, Charles Miano will share the painting method he uses to create stunning and lifelike portraits in oil. Working in this exciting method will teach you to execute a portrait from start to finish. With Miano’s sculptural and mass-oriented approach, you will realize your full potential of seeing. Miano’s method blends a perfect balance of an abstract, free approach with traditional studio technique. Unleash your power of personal expression while maintaining the beauty and naturalness of realism.
Miano will highlight his special sprezzatura style which distinguishes his work as both studied and bold. He will show artists his “Golden Age” palette mixtures for creating life-like portraits in oil in the grand manner of Rembrandt and the Old Masters. Miano will demonstrate mass drawing/painting step-by-step! He will guide you along the process of painting a portrait with demonstrations, short lectures, and individual critiques over the course of four working days.
Through his personal exploration of the nature of painting and of Nature itself, Charles Miano champions representational art past and present. Imbued with life, vitality and spirit, his work has often been referred to as “visual poetry.” A lush palette, the dynamic use of light and shadow and an urgency of gesture are his most distinctive signatures. His great passion lies in creating those personal works, born of inter-spiritual reflections in his private studio that are equally wide in scope, whether drawings or paintings, from head studies to anatomical scales, figurative paintings to still-lifes.
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