MARCH 14th - 21st 2020

Introduction to Alla Prima Portrait and Figure Painting with a Limited Palette



The ability to see things simply and work with precision is essential for us as artists. Learning how to break down a portrait into manageable steps is a skill worth mastering and the ability to finish a study in a 3 hour period is exhilarating. This is what the practice of Alla Prima painting offers. Medici will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruct each session.

Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of only 7 colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium Red Light, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine and Ivory Black. This dynamic palette helps us understand color relationships. Practicing this way helps sharpen your observation  and takes your skill to a new level.

 We will focus on 4 main aspects of the portrait and figure: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge. We will do a variety of exercises and studies to further deepen our appreciation and understanding. Each day there will be a  demonstration accompanied by a slide show. 


We hope you can join us for this wonderful opportunity.

 


Dominique Medici is a Figurative Artist specializing in both Egg Tempera and Oil Painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christies Young Artist Exhibition and the Society of Portrait Painters. Medici has been a semi-finalist in both the Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and BP Portrait Prize and has received awards from The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club among others. Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout the US and Europe, Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.

 

“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer, I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work”—Dominique Medici

Dominique Medici

Dominique Medici


The most efficient way to develop your observation and intuition simultaneously is to practice Alla Prima painting. Gaining the ability to work quickly, and with precision, is key in your development as a painter. The time restraint forces you to forego detail, see the big picture, and focus on gesture and large masses, the elements which ultimately hold the power and personality within a portrait. In this class, we will work with a systematic and disciplined technique that is uniquely designed to achieve this aim. 

I will provide frequent demos, breaking down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps, as well as critique and instruction each session. Since simplicity is one of our goals, we will be using a limited palette of 6 colors; Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Light and Blue-Black (W&N). By using this dynamic palette we refine our understanding of color relationships. To accurately capture a likeness within a limited time frame we will focus on the 4 main aspects of a portrait: Proportion, Value, Color, and Edge.  Practicing this way will sharpen your observation, and take your skill to a new level. 


ESSENCE OF MULRANNY (EOM) STUDIOS

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FROM OUR HOST LORA MURPHY..

We invite you to imagine standing on the panoramic hillside of our studio, taking in the spectacular views of Clew bay and Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain).

Open your heart to the profoundly moving drama of constantly shifting Atlantic skies, reflecting an ever changing light show on the bay. The wildness and drama of this spectacular area belie the peace and connection you will feel to Ireland and to this very special place.

Lay on a blanket in the heather and watch the stars emerge on a clear night or walk along the rocky shores, to gather shells, driftwood and memories. Find yourself letting go of the stress of everyday life, feel the mystery and beauty of this land, awakening your senses.

This unspoiled place provide a safe place of inspiration and experimentation to stretch your skills in whatever medium you are working on, in an amazing state of the art studio..

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO STAY AWHILE!


“We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us.”

jOHN O dONOGHUE


THE EDGE OF EUROPE

Being in Mulranny is all about being on the edge, on the edge of Europe, on the edge of land and the great ocean seas and the edge of yourself. Edges lead to new boundaries when invited to expand.

EXPLORE THE HISTORY

Dream about the history of past times, evident in every field with old stone walls, every stoic castle and each abandoned cottage.

LOCAL VILLAGES

Meet the local people, warm, friendly and always happy to chat and share a story or a cup of tea. Shop in our local village of Westport and pop into a local pub or two!

CONNECT WITH NATURE

Finding something to inspire you is not hard with the richness of the various eco systems surrounding Mulranny - from marine to mountain landscapes, with grasslands, bog and heather hills - this enchanted land casts a spell on any artist.

ENRICHING EXCURSIONS

Visit historic sites, Learn about the infamous Irish Pirate Queen and visit one of her many castles. Hear the story of our Stone Age ancestors and experience the myths and magic of Irelands spiritual roots while standing in one of the ancient stone circles. This is indeed a land of legends!

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION

Bring your camera , your sketchbooks and prepare to lose your heart in it all, your mind full of inspiration.


YOUR TIME WITH DOMINIQUE

Your 8 days will be a beautiful blend of studio time, delightful excursions, cultural experiences and of course, plenty of free time to rest and explore! You can arrive, unpack your suitcase (and your art supplies) and truly relax, at the gorgeous Essence of Mulranny Retreat center , run and operated by artist, Lora Murphy.

We will be visiting enchanting villages, strolling along the beautiful coastline, touring ancient castles and ruins, picnicking in the heather fields and creating all along the way! The creative inspiration will be all around you!

DATES: March 14 - 21, 2020

PRICE:

$2995 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$3450 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

($500 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT WILL SECURE YOUR PLACE)


YOUR HOME FOR THE WEEK

This beautiful learning center is complete with well equipped mixed media/encaustic art studio, private bedrooms, a cozy gathering room with fireplace and group kitchen for those midnight snacks! All meals will be included and prepared by an on-site private chef and will focus on delicious, healthy cuisine. For larger groups we house students in the village, in apartments with spectacular views.


INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT

  • Workshop instruction

  • Some supplies (we will be specific closer to trip)

  • 7 nights lodging

  • Transportation from Westport to the Studio (it is recommended to fly into Dublin airport and get a train to Westport where we will collect you.

  • All meals except - 2 lunches & 1 dinner

  • All tour & excursion fees

  • Wine and beverages with dinner

  • Champagne reception

  • New friends and an art tribe!

  • WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

    • Travel costs / Airfare

    • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable

    • Additional nights lodging


Excursions Destinations


DATES: March 14 - 21, 2020

PRICE:

$2995 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM/SHARED BATHROOM

$3450 USD FOR A PRIVATE BEDROOM & BATHROOM

($500 NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT WILL SECURE YOUR PLACE)


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Cancellation policy

All individual cancellations must be made in writing and are effective upon receipt. If you cancel within 90 days of a trip or workshop, there is no refund of any kind. 

Options if you cancel before the 90 days:

  • If there is a waiting list of students that has formed, we will put you in contact with the first person on the list to whom you can offer your class spot. If the person on the list accepts, then that person will need to pay you for your spot and once that transaction is completed and both parties are satisfied, we will transfer your spot to the other person. If there is no waiting list, you lose your deposit or your fee if you have paid the total for that workshop.

  • The second option is to transfer your fees to another EOM workshop within 12 months minus a $100 administration fee.

  • If neither of these options are available to you, there will be no refund. There are no exceptions to this policy. Deposits and arrangements are made in advance of the trip. 

Participant expenses incurred in preparation for the trip (e.g., non-refundable purchased airline tickets) are not the responsibility of EOM Studios . It is strongly recommended that participants obtain medical/trip cancellation insurance.