Portrait / Figure Workshop, April 4,5,6 in San Antonio

Portrait/Figure  Project Workshop with Susan Carlin
For Pastel and Oil Painters who already have a basic grasp of the use of their medium.
(Brand new beginners in either medium may find a different workshop with us to be more useful.)
April 4,5,6, 2016
Whistle Stop Corner
Do you have a portrait or figure project in mind? Or perhaps you're in the middle of one, and could use some fresh eyes and guidance?
Even if you don't have a project in mind, but would like to further your skills, this could be the workshop for you.
In this one evening plus two-day workshop, we'll let your projects have the stage, and discuss options for improving them. Sometimes just tightening up the drawing is all that's needed, or it could be that improving the values will help the painting turn the corner.  Maybe a quieter color scheme, or an attention to variety in the edges...  Maybe just knowing a benevolent painterly soul is looking over your shoulder as you paint would be helpful. I invite you to bring the paintings that are just beginning, stalled, or are seemingly beyond help. It may be they just need a fresh look and new ideas!
Workshop Fee- Two and a half days, includes the Welcome Party and two lunches - $220.
  • April 4th, 5:30 -9 Monday evening: Welcome Party (hearty refreshments/dinner, tea, wine) and a look at your projects. Set up your painting areas and be ready to dig in the next morning.  
  • April 5th,  9 a.m. to noon Tuesday,  break for included lunch, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • April 6th,  9 a.m. to noon Tuesday,  break for included lunch, 1 to 4 p.m.
We'll further your projects and tackle topics as they arise. 
  1. New ways to be sure of your values
  2. Good ways to check for accuracy in drawing
  3. Wa!ys to make JUST the color you're looking for
  4. Ways to emphasize the focal areas,
  5. Ways to paint looser or tighter, as the painting needs.

Of course, you don't need to lodge with us to attend the workshop, but we'd love to host you at Whistle Stop Corner!
Lodging Fees- Two nights, April 4th-5th, includes two breakfasts and dinner Tuesday evening, check-in 3 p.m.
  • Twin bed in shared bedroom in Guesthouse - $135. (Five available, two in one room, three in another)
  • Double bed in private room in Guesthouse - $175.
  • Cottage- Double bed in private Cottage - $195.  (May include a second person or non-artist companion for just the cost of breakfasts and dinner -$35.)
  • Hideout- Queen bed in private two-story apartment -$205. (May include a second person or non-artist companion for just the cost of breakfasts and dinner -$35.) 

Call 210-602-8562 to reserve your place in the workshop (and lodging, if desired).  We will send a PayPal link to follow and take care of the fee. 

Susan Carlin
Cell phone: 210-602-8562


All 30!

A Month Of Paintings
This experience was good medicine. I'm better for it.  I'm humbled by it. Challenged to go on.

After a wee bit of rest.

Day Thirty! Lean On Me

Lean On Me
I'm Done!! If I were more awake, I'd tell you more about this painting. ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Day Twenty-Nine - Trio of Pears

Trio Of Pears
10x10 oil on stretched canvas
Virginia thinks these pears have had a big night on the town and are now leaning on each other for support.  I like that! 
What is it about seeing your painting tiny on a screen that lets you finally see all that's wrong with it???   I see, of course, that I'll need to fiddle with the ellipse of the tray rim before I let it loose.  Otherwise, I think it can go out into the world and be a painting. Not an underpainting, not a good start, not a junior painting, but a grown up, graduate painting, with a mortarboard and tassel and everything. Ok, maybe, but only when I fix the ellipse. Maybe.

Day Twenty-Eight - Daughter Dear

Daughter Dear
11x14 oil on (white) canvas
This feels like a worthy underpainting... I hope to come back to this one and develop it further.

Day Twenty-Seven - Prop Shelfies

Prop Shelfies
12x24 oil on stretched canvas
I struggled, I growled, I might've sworn a little under my breath. Painting on a black gessoed surface is something I hope to never do again.  Karin Jurick does it every day. My hat is off to her. Just like when you paint on white, even light colors look dark, when you paint on black, even black looks light. Grrrr.  I do like the shapes, so when this painting sets up and I stop growling at it, I would like to develop it further.    In the meantime, this is what I accomplished today. 

Day Twenty-Six - Moving Forward, Looking Back

Moving Forward Looking Back
18x24 oil on stretched canvas
Something different. An idea I had, and I wanted to see if I could get it across. You'll have to let me know.