Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Special Time in Cincinnati

Learning step by step from one of Tom's demos
There could not have been a warmer welcome than that which Tom had in Cincinnati for his first workshop there from April 25th-28th, 2018. The class was completely full with both local artists and others who came from as far afield as New York, Georgia, northern Indiana and even from Arizona. Additional artists joined in every day, and an elementary school class hiked out to watch the artists at work, to ask questions and get autographs.

Painting in front of the Valley View Foundation farmhouse in Milford

The staff at the workshop headquarters, Valley View Foundation in Milford, Ohio, warmly welcomed Tom and the group and did everything they could to help with logistics, even ferrying painting supplies by pickup truck to the day's location. They were as excited about the artists using their 190-acre property as the artists were to choose subject matter from their lovely woods, barns, ponds, and wide pathways that led through fields of prairie grasses.

Choosing a scene from a variety of landscapes
Each day was packed full of learning opportunities. The morning began early in the farmhouse at 8 a.m. for shop talk, then attendees either watched as Tom demoed a picture of the 1820's stone building or went out to paint. Afternoons were spent painting, and the day ended with a thoughtful critique of everyone's work.

The workshop's Meet n' Greet at Carl Samson's studio

Great news! Tom is planning to return next year - and this time his wife, Katy, the "hostess-with-the-mostest" is coming along. This is a great opportunity for anyone who's wondered about the Boston School approach to painting to study with a man who trained under Robert Douglas Hunter and R.H. Ives Gammell for six years and has professionally worked as an artist for about 40 years. He has a teacher's heart and can instruct anyone from beginner to expert with concrete direction - and with encouragement.

Updates will given here as soon as information is available. Tom is also offering three additional workshops this year in Nantucket, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and North Haven Island, Maine. Click on the navigation tabs to check them out.