Artist Kristy Gordon prepares her palette. The award-winning portrait painter

Artist Kristy Gordon prepares her palette. The award-winning portrait painter

Artist returns to give workshop

Internationally acclaimed artist Kristy Gordon teaches a portrait painting workshop at the Winfield United Church, Aug. 21 to 23.

  • Aug. 12, 2012 5:00 p.m.

LAKE COUNTRY –– Internationally acclaimed artist Kristy Gordon is teaching a three-day portrait painting workshop at the Winfield United Church, Aug. 21 to 23.

The workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting portraits in oils.

“The course will centre on the experience of painting from life in the manner of the classical masters of antiquity,” said Gordon, who will demonstrate how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones and render textures like cloth and hair.

“Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel.  Discussions will include proportion and structure of the head, stages to developing a painting, as well as form, shape, value, edges, balance, unity, light and modeling with colour temperature.”

Gordon is returning to B.C. after spending two and a half months on an artist residency in China. She is  bringing new inspiration from her experience in Shanghai and Beijing to the workshop, as well as the experience she has gained since moving to New York City last September.

Gordon has assisted many master painters such as Odd Nerdrum, Yuqi Wang and Jeremy Lipking and her teaching combines the wisdom of these artists. In the last couple of years, she has had paintings on the rental wall of the Vernon Public Art Gallery and has donated artwork to the gallery’s annual fundraiser, Midsummer Eve of the Arts.

Gordon exhibits her paintings internationally. Her work has earned numerous prestigious awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, an award of excellence from the Portrait Society of America, a merit award from Daniel Greene in the Salon International 2009, third prize at the Portrait Society of Canada International Portrait Competition, and best of show in the National Art Premier, Illinois.

She has been widely featured in numerous magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including The Artist’s Magazine’s 28th Annual Art Competition, Southwest Art’s Emerging Artist: 21 Under 31 and Bravo!’s Star Portraits.

Her paintings hang in more than 400 collections worldwide, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.

Gordon is currently represented by Galerie L’oeil du Prince in Paris and Cube Gallery in Ottawa. Her work can be viewed at www.kristygordon.com.

To register for the workshop, or for further information, contact Bev Gordon by email at beverleybobshe@yahoo.ca.