In Silk Painting for Fine Artists, Master Silk Painting Artist Natasha Foucault combines her love of travel, photography, teaching and fine art as she creates fine art silk paintings. Seascapes, cityscapes, landscapes and still life are covered in this colorfully rich workshop from Galli Publishing. Natasha explores her design layout concepts as well as special techniques including creating glass-like imagery in her still life work that has been featured in a variety of magazines and shows.
How can a carefully planned silk painting look spontaneous, direct, and natural? Surf that edge in this online fine art workshop featuring one of the finest Master Silk Painting Artists, Natasha Foucault. Follow along as we visit Natasha's home workshop in San Francisco and learn how to take your silk painting to a higher degree of skill and results. Let's begin by looking at the image above, a still life with fruit, leaves and glass objects. Notice how we are immediately drawn to the depth of field in the work. Fine line detail in the foreground stands off against masterfully blended and colorfully rich backgrounds. Reflections on and through the glass vase and decanter give the still live even more depth.
Now look at the image below -- left, and right. On the left is the original photograph taken by Natasha in St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Notice how the camera picks up reflections on the glass table and through the bottle and glass to the sunset of the ocean behind. On the right is Natasha's interpretation, a combination of a desire for exacting detail again in the glass objects and table surface while at the same time her artistic interpretation as she picks up some of the background objects with a bit more color and presence.
In this workshop, Natasha will work from a series of photographs demonstrating how to take images from the world around us and transform them into exquisite fine art paintings that rival the original in detail, color, and composition. Working with Jacquard Red label silk dyes she uses a variety of techniques to achieve the results as shown. Adding salt to create texture, using water and alcohol to blend and create watermarks, and applying gutta in white and black in fine line accuracy, she produces stunning results across a body of work.
Natasha draws inspiration for her work from her travels to her home country of Russia, her love of Venice, Italy, her weekends and teaching in Mendocino County in Northern California, and her love of fine Napa Valley Wine. You can be sure this will be a colorfully rich workshop loaded with imagery and inspiration.
The ideal workshop for those who are looking to expand their work in silk painting. Several finished pieces will be analyzed with tips and tricks on how various effects are achieved, with video demonstrations provided along the way.
While beginners might find this course exciting to preview, it is recommended that you undertake a basic workshop in silk painting before you do the projects in this workshop. We suggest Silk Painting with Jill Kennedy which will get you up and running before you start. In addition some drawing skills related to the themes (landscapes, seascapes, still life) are desirable however not required.
Master Silk Painting Artist Natasha Foucault is a Russian-born artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California. Natasha’s works on silk have been exhibited and sold in both museums and commercial galleries throughout the world. In 1995 she had a one-woman exhibit of her silk painting and wearable art at the Silk Museum in Holland. She received second prize at the First International Silk Painting Congress in 1998 for Excellence in Silk Painting and The Best of the Show Award both at 2004 and 2006 Silk-In-Santa Fe Festivals.
Her new book, “Silk Diary, An Artist’s Journey from Moscow to Mendocino“, co-authored with Jeanne-Michele Salander, combines a collection of Natasha’s silk art, stories of her life as an artist, and her signature painting techniques. (Buy on Amazon.com)
Natasha’s paintings are prominently featured in Susan Moyer’s book “Silk Painting for Fashion and Fine Art”.
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