In this oil painting course participants will learn to create a figure painting observing the model from life. By initially simplifying the planes of the body, we will create volume and structure. Then we will mix the oil paint, using the Italian Earth Palette to create a range of neutral skin tones. Using the palette knife and some brushes, we will continue to try to simplify what we see, yet gradually capture the essence of the person we're studying. There are several art historical examples we will refer to assist and inspire us, such as Cezanne, Corot and Piero della Francesca.