Fechin Art Workshops: David A Leffel

by FO

(figure, portrait, still life)


29 April – 2 May 2012

Tuition: $975.00 plus NM tax
Register by 15 February 2012
Limited to 20 students

Workshop includes all model fees and still life set ups, afternoon studio tour and catered reception, 2 May and a Dual Demonstration with Sherrie McGraw at the Harwood Museum (www.harwoodmuseum.org) in Taos, 28 April, 1pm.

Hotel St. Bernard (stbernardtaos.com) rate includes 3 gourmet meals daily, room for 5 nights and amenities. $850.00 per person, plus tax and gratuity, per workshop session. This rate applies to all guests regardless of single or double occupancy. ?Hotel fees are due upon arrival.

Witty and warm with a sharp uncluttered vision, David A. Leffel is someone who lingers in your mind, long after the conversation has ended. Perhaps that’s part of the reason he has taught more students across the United States than anyone can count, many of whom return to capture some insight, yet to be expressed. His teaching combines the art of living and painting into one intelligent philosophy.

Rich with timeless information, David’s still life and portrait painting actively engage the viewer, inspiring a deeper look. The dramatic contrast of light and shadow, which became known during the Renaissance as chiaroscuro, thoughtfully illuminates select surfaces. In his painting and writing, all decisions matter. All have evolved from poignant years of struggle and disciplined study.

Public recognition and appreciation for David’s unparalleled skills are abundant. They include some of the most coveted prizes in the world of fine art; the Gold Medal for Oil, National Academy of Western Art; top awards from Allied Artists of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Salmagundi Club. In 2010, a special category was created in David’s honor at the California Art Club titled the Advancement of Art.


Filberts (Bristle): #3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12
Flat: 1 ?? bristle
Make sure that brushes are pliable and not stiff with old paint

Suggested brands of paint: Old Holland, or Vasari (800-932-9375 in New York)

Naples Yellow Raw Umber
Yellow Ochre Ivory Black
Venetian Red Flake White (Cremnitz White, Silver White)
Cadmium Yellow Deep Rose Madder Deep/ Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Red Light
Pthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Umber

NOTE: A kit of all the colors listed will be available for purchase through Vasari (800-932-9375)
at the end of February 2005.

Painting Surface

Inner Glow painting panels (1-877-430-3639) for smaller sizes (under 16×20) toned with a neutral ground (Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue or any combination; Raw Umber/Thalo Blue), medium value, using a paper towel to wipe off excess and even out the tone and values.

Double primed Linen canvas (improved by adding a very thin coat of white lead with a painting knife, in order to fill the holes of the canvas for a smoother surface). Allow two weeks to dry before painting on surface. Then tone as for panels above.


Painting Knife
It needs to have a pliable point and not be incrusted with paint

Palette Knife
Same as above

Medium of Choice
Old Masters Medium (505) 758-2382 or ?www.oldmastersmaroger.com. Box 1936, El Prado, NM 87529
Stand Oil thinned with pure spirits of gum turpentine


Plastic of Glass Palette
If you get a plexiglas palette, peel off the side with writing and leave the other side. If you are using glass, back it with cardboard or some medium value material. White palettes make judging value more difficult.

Paper Towels
Bounty brand paper towels

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