Archway Framing
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Archway Framing

Figure Painting Workshop

by Paul Ladnier

Saturday and Sunday

Spring 2012, possibly March

9am to 4pm


**Includes model fee and lunch discount

This workshop will be conducted by Paul Ladnier and is designed to help the student develop a natural way of painting the unclothed human figure with emphasis on accurate, naturalistic interpretations. It will help the student learn to see, understand and accurately interpret the figure.  In studio painting sessions with live models, attendees, through a variety of exercises, will explore setting up the palette,  mixing color and flesh, painting form, shape, mass and anatomy, as well as a variety of painting techniques. The instructor will give demonstrations and explanations of procedures.

Archway Gallery Featured Artist - October 2010

Paul Ladnier, Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, where for more than thirty years he has been teaching courses in figure drawing and painting, abstract and plein air painting.  He received the MFA degree from Syracuse University and the BFA degree from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida where he studied painting under Frank Rampolla, Loran Wilford, Fiore Custode, Marshall Arisman, and Joe Bowler.   He has received numerous commendation and awards for the quality of his teaching. He has had numerous one-artist exhibitions, participated in numerous group shows, and conducted figure painting/drawing and plein air painting workshops in Italy and in the southeast. He has also received numerous portrait commissions. He is an artist who paints and draws many subjects, but his passion for process and human form is revealed in his figure paintings and drawings that explore the intricacies of human interaction and emotion. Most recently he received the Judge’s award for the best painting in the “Draw Out” annual Plein Air Competition in Port St Joe Florida.  He continues to produce and exhibit large volumes of paintings.  With retirement from teaching nearing, many workshops and painting venues are planned.


ARTIST STATEMENT:  I have had a life-long fascination with the study of forms of the human figure and paint.  While I regularly study and draw the human form, most of my figurative paintings are “made-up” figures and compositions that evolve on the canvas.

Painting process plays a major role in my work as it reinforces the subject mater.  I believe that paint should reveal and not conceal the meaning of a work. Process should accentuate and contribute to the message and relay the passion of the artist.  Brushstrokes, marks, heavy impasto, scratches, splatters, drips and multiple layers are all part of this process.  “In addition to the viewer examining my work from a distance, I want them to look closely…to explore between the layers of paint, (perhaps to even touch!), which may sometimes reveal other images, original marks, multiple revisions, compositional changes and unexpected color and drawing.