Drawing with the Brush with Sandy Roumagoux

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Oils and Acrylics
Drawing with the Brush
Instructor: Sandy Roumagoux
Week 2: August 9-15, 2020

This class will focus on the technique of using the brush to “draw and paint” in one fell swoop.  There will not be preliminary charcoal or pencil drawings on the painting surface (canvas, hardboard, etc.).  Using the staining colors of Cad. Yellow Light, Alizarin, and Prussian Blue, students will start the painting drawing with the Cad. Yellow Light.  If corrections are needed, corrections can be made with the Alizarin and more corrections, if needed, can be made with the Prussian.  The colors when painted on top of one another become a very rich dark, which may be used or added to in the painting.  The painting will evolve using the drawing with the brush.  For bigger areas, a bigger brush is used, to cover other areas  more paint is added to the brush.  The result of this technique is a finished painting that is direct, fresh, and alive.  Colors are clearer, brighter and the surface of the painting does not have the turgid overworked look. The finished surface will vary from thin to thicker paint.

Come to class with many canvases in various sizes (small to large), many different sized brushes and spend the week of direct drawing with the paint.  If you haven’t had the experience to paint using this approach, you are in for a treat. It is a technique I continue to use after 40 years as a painter of oils.

No class material fee 
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About Sandy

My Paintings are my interpretation of the ever relevant paradoxes of faith, war and nature. Much of what I do is predicated upon a personal fundamental acceptance of the “divine absurdities” of existence, and the duality’s in our existence of love/hate, violence/peace, silent/sound, night/day.

I focus on our cultures’ abuse of the environment, our love affair with greed, our throw away consumerism and our sanitizing of violence. These abuses are glossed over with religious platitudes.

I’ve been called political, but I don’t know how to separate politics from art. Both ask something of us, something that challenges us to a responsibility. Painter or politician, we come as candidates. We want our message to resonate with the body politic, with the voters. We make promises.

I was born in Yakima, WA in 1940 and raised on a farm near Camp Adair in the Willamette Valley, OR. After completing my B.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, I returned to Oregon and Newport in 1985. The subjects from my paintings are influenced by my growing up experiences on a farm where I was raised by a family consisting of avid environmentalists and gun lovers.

This past year (2019) I was exhibited in Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene and Sandra Roumagoux: Retrospective, 1973-2019, October 4 - November 30, 2019, Newport Visual Arts Center, Runyan Gallery, Oregon.

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