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Workshop with Ned Mueller. “A good painting tells as much about the artist as the painting itself. Mueller will talk about the whole process of putting a painting together; from the first concept, to small idea and value composition studies, the use of a color study and on to the finished painting. Students will also do direct painting, without preliminary studies. The emphasis will not be on the finished piece but on the process of making a more successful painting. Remember, most paintings are ruined at the start, not at the end, as not enough preliminary thought is given to them. Students will work on counter- change, color harmony, and the balance of masses and shapes in size, value and color. We will talk about seeing things in a more “ Abstract” way…. not to see mountains, water, trees, etc. so literally, but to see them as an interesting arrangement of shapes and colors. One then starts to think more as an “Artist” and to find your own voice. Students should be prepared to work from their own photos and/or field studies. I will have a great large selection of photos from around the country and world..portraits, figures, and landscapes. Starts, mistakes and failures could be the order of the day, but Mueller says, “We will make mistakes, work hard, and have a good time doing it!”