2-Day UART Workshop with Bethany Fields: “Captured, References Re-Imagined”
Location: Stacy Furniture & Design, Grapevine, TX
Date: Sunday April 5th and Monday April 6th 2020
Time: Sunday April 5th 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday April 6th 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Instructor: Bethany Fields
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Number of Workshop Days: 2
Let’s face it, as artists, sometimes we just “plein” can’t paint! Falling back on photo references is sometimes a necessity when weather, location, or physical limitations get in the way of your idyllic plein air dreams.
So how do we create evocative, glorious paintings when our photographs lack luster, depth, or emotion? In this two day workshop, students will learn to take their “boring” photos and create new compositions that pop with light, color, and feeling. We will be layering, cropping, and combining your references to create new source imagery. Pastel techniques will be focused on experimental underpainting play, embroidering our paintings with color, and methods to bring light into your landscapes.
Bethany will be demonstrating daily along with plenty of personal attention at your easel and ample time to paint. UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper will be supplied to all students.
About the Artist: Bethany Fields is an American contemporary artist working in pastel. She has gained recent national recognition with exhibits at the Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club, both in NYC, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. She regularly hosts and teaches workshops around the country and is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Degas Pastel Society and is a Master Circle member of IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies). She is also an active member of American Women Artists and the American Impressionist Society. Bethany has recently been featured in the prestigious Pastel Journal magazine in both a featured article and as an honorable mention winner for the 2017 Pastel 100. Her work was also chosen as a finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition in 2016 and 2018.
Originally from Texas, Bethany graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts. She went on to perform professionally and continued honing her skills in composition and design working as the on-air talent and designer for a DIY web series in Burbank, CA. She has worked as a professional lifestyle and commercial photographer for the past 15 years which naturally led to landscape photography and painting. She produces and directs her own Youtube channel where her videos have been viewed over 350,000 times, teaches on Patreon (at patreon.com/bethanyfields), and blogs at bethanyfieldsblog.com.
Bethany’s primary focus is the American West landscape of the Llano Estacado and surrounding areas. A favorite location for inspiration is beautiful Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas as well as the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. In her travels across the country, she has gathered a plethora of inspiration. In her travels across the country, she has gathered a plethora of inspiration and her love of the outdoors shows in her emotional and personal work.