The Narrative Figure Inside. A three day workshop with Susan Carlin

It's impossible to describe the pleasure of announcing a workshop of mine in our own studio.  But, trust me, it feels WONDERFUL.  I hope you'll join us!-Susan smiling widely

The Narrative Figure Inside.
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 20, 21, 22 with a welcome reception the evening of Thursday February 19.
Where: Whistle Stop Corner, 330 Lamar, San Antonio, TX 78202
Fee: $365. Includes instruction, model fees, reception and lunch each day
Who: For artists who want to feel more comfortable and better equipped in painting the figure, both from photographs and from life. This workshop will focus on telling a story with our paintings. Workshop limited to 12 artists. Artists may work in the medium with which they are most familiar. Susan will be demonstrating in oil.  This particular workshop is for intermediate artists (or for advanced artists for whom this subject matter may be newer).
Welcome Reception Thursday: Come hungry Thursday evening and party! Enjoy plentiful refreshments and wine, meet the other artists, choose your spot in the studio and set up your easel and supplies.
Friday:  Artists will have the opportunity to practice photographing the model in a variety of poses in order to create references for narrative paintings where the setting and situation in relation to the figure create a story for the viewer to enjoy. Although not a requirement, artists will especially benefit from this workshop by bringing along a laptop or iPad and a camera in order to practice editing the images and preparing them to be painting references. Much of the first day will be spent in this way. Composition is key.
Saturday:  After a demonstration by Susan, artists will be painting from the references they prepared. Each artist may choose whether to make many small painting ‘starts’ or to work on one painting all day. Artists may work from their monitors or from photographs made from their references. We will focus on improving accuracy in drawing and value, relating the figure to the surroundings by color and shadow to create a mood or feeling response in the viewer.
Sunday:   In two long sessions, artists will be working from the live model in poses to create narrative paintings.  Photographs may be taken from each artist’s perspective in order to continue work on the painting after the workshop.
We can host up to 8 artists in our guest rooms at Whistle Stop Corner. $180. for three nights in Guesthouse, $240. for three nights in Cottage.   Contact us for availability:  us@whistlestopcorner.com
To register, email: us@whistlestopcorner.com
210-602-8562

Whistle Stop Corner's first workshop!

Today the last of our guests headed back home after a magical five day workshop led by Carol Marine. We now know we are truly going to love our new life- as artists who will open our studio and guest house to other artists a few times a year for workshops and retreats. We had 18 unique and enjoyable artists in the studio, and 9 of them staying with us in the guest house and cottage this week.   Our meals were crazy good- prepared by Sue Bown, the incredible owner of Bide-A-While in Dickinson, TX. The double whammy of fantastic instruction and great food had each artist smiling and grateful they were among the lucky few who were able to attend. Carol's waiting list for this workshop exceeded 100. In the realm of art workshops, we opened Whistle Stop Corner at a pinnacle. 
We'll likely host smaller scale workshops in the future, but let me tell you: It was a thrilling way to begin our new (ad) venture!


Two New Workshops Scheduled!

Two Day Still Life Painting Workshop in Del Rio, TX : October 10-11, 2014. $150. Sponsored by the Del Rio Arts Council. For more information, email Nancy O'Brien at nobrien@delrioarts.com

Three Day Still Life and Portrait Painting Workshop In Bracketville, TX, sponsored by the Fort Clark Arts Group January 26-28, 2015. For more information contact Jean Levert Hood at leverthood@gmail.com

We're SO busy getting Whistle Stop Corner ready for its big debut, that it was pretty crazy to schedule a workshop less than a month before the opening...  But when I was asked so nicely, and when it sounded like a welcome break from painting walls and scraping old adhesive off of hardwood floors, I said YES, INDEED!  There are still four spaces available in the Del Rio workshop, so why don't you join us?

The workshop in Bracketville is after the first of the year and is in a warm part of the country, so you might like to promise yourself a little art and sunshine in the middle of winter.  I know I'm looking forward to it!

Portrait Workshop with a focus on Drawing Skills - January 17-18, 2014

Registration for this workshop is full. If you're interested in my future workshops, please email me!

If you've been looking for a chance to work on your skills in portraiture, whether in sharpening your drawing ability or in working out those flesh tones in your painting, come spend two days in November- Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th with me.  We're keeping the group small so each artist can be assured of plenty of personal attention.  I hope you'll join us!

Place: Harold's 
2743 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214

Cost:  $150. 

Time: January 17-18, 2014
9:00- 4:00 with an hour break for lunch... bring your lunch and work on through, if you like!

Feel free to use your regular palette of colors, but if you'd like a recommended supply list, just email me: susan@susancarlin.com.



Final Touch, oil, 28 x 22 (Not Schmid)



I painted most of this painting almost four years ago.  I painted it online during my at-least-once-a-week livestreamed sessions and one of the artists who joined me via the chat function mentioned that the subject looked somewhat like Richard Schmid.  From that point on we referred to the painting from then on as "Not Schmid".   I still think of it with that title, to be honest.  But officially it's titled "Final Touch"... for a couple of reasons:  1) Even though the model (a nice man who did me a great favor to pose for many, many photographs) was not holding anything during our session, I gave him a paint brush in the painting. To me he looks like he's doing what all artists do toward the end of a painting- staring/seeing critically and deciding if it's time to sign it. And 2) I put this painting away just before finishing because I was puzzling too long on how to handle the shadows of his chair on the floor and wall and needed to get on to other paintings. Time passed. Other paintings were painted. About six weeks ago I pulled Not Schmid out and suddenly knew what to do about those shadows. I put on my Final Touch/es and framed the fellow up. He's watching over my shoulder in the gallery now.   A critical-eyed guardian angel.  I like him. 

Two Day Portrait Workshop Nov 8 and 9

... with me!
This workshop is over now... and it was SO much fun to work with such intent and happy artists.
I have another scheduled on January 17-18, 2014.
I hope you'll join us.

If you've been looking for a chance to work on your skills in portraiture, whether in sharpening your drawing ability or in working out those flesh tones in your painting, come spend two days in November- Friday and Saturday, the 8th and 9th with me.  We're keeping the group small so each artist can be assured of plenty of personal attention.  I hope you'll join us!

Place: Harold's 
2743 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78214

Cost:  $150.  Register by clicking on the PayPal button below.

Time: Nov 8 and 9
9:30- 4:30 with an hour's break for lunch

Feel free to use your regular palette of colors, but if you'd like a recommended supply list, just email me: susan@susancarlin.com.









Getaway, oil, 30"x24", black floater frame. $1200
 
Drawing, graphite, 10"x8"


Drawing detail
Although Whistle Stop Corner still occupies most of my waking hours (and probably most of my dream time, too), recently I've gotten the chance to paint a bit and to take this drawing commission above. The loving wife of the man on the left (viewers' left) commissioned me to make a drawing of him with his late father for Father's Day. The patio in background has some significance for them, so was requested to include the roof detail.  I've heard that it was received with love and appreciation.

The (large) painting at the top is of a little cove along the western coast of Ireland from my time there in 2010.  I long to spend many weeks in the future exploring that beautiful, beautiful country.
Since I've posted last (I'm embarrassed to see that it was in November... blush), we've traveled to Istanbul in April and got to take my dad with us this time.  It was a special 10 days of family, tulips, ancient architecture and a visit to Istanbul's incredible Modern Art Museum.  I'm in love with that city.

WSC is coming along... We now have new wiring everywhere: we can finally just flip on a switch and SEE. Very exciting, believe me, to roll up all those extension cords and put them away.  A couple of non-weight-bearing interior walls have been demolished and new ones framed in on Saturday.     We still hope to be ready for our first painting workshop in the former grocery store's space in the fall, but have decided not to make ourselves any crazier than we already are by scheduling anything before it's ready to go.   The cottage now has working lights and outlets as of yesterday.  We have our second tenant in Apartment 3.  Our friend Diana came over Friday evening with her tools and before long she had all the blinds installed in Apartment 2.  Things are progressing, we remind ourselves. Before long the vision and the reality will look very much like each other. 

I've gotten some of the sweetest messages from a few of you who let me know I'm being missed.  Thank you, Dear Ones.  I look forward to rejoining this good community when we can come up for air.  In the meantime, I'll post as I'm able!  Sending love....XOXO