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FOUNDATIONS OF PORTRAITURE
Join renowned artist Frank Ordaz for a hands-on workshop exploring the techniques of composition, design, values, and color as applied to portraiture and the human figure.
"Painting is really the only passion that ever made me want to get out of bed and do something significant and meaningful. I studied with a portrait master during my teens and one day I met an old salty California Plein Air painter named Sam Hyde Harris. When I stepped into his darkened living room he was seated on a worn sunken couch with a stick of tobacco in his mouth. Behind him hung a Saturday Evening Post original oil painting by Norman Rockwell. It was signed to my good friend Sam. It filled me with a sense of calling and purpose, and I was hooked, and I was all in as an artist."
Frank experienced a fascinating career path in Hollywood with legendary Lucasfilm, painting matte backgrounds on films such as ET, Star Trek, and Return of the Jedi. Other projects gave rise to his work in the White House (yes, that big one in Washington), George Bush Presidential Library, many galleries and private homes. He worked extensively as an illustrator for commercial clients and eventually into fine art as a portrait and landscape artist. With a knack for capturing the essence and personality in his portraits, Frank's works are emotionally strong.
"I try to paint people as God sees them."
We are so privileged to feature Charity Hubbard in this fun and vital workshop for students wanting to explore and strengthen their essential drawing skills for portraiture and begin to translate those skills to the canvas!
Charity Hubbard has been a professional and fine artist for over 20 years. She lives in Southern Oregon and finds much inspiration around her in landscape and people.
Charity has a background in commercial illustration, having worked for several years for Pixel Productions Inc., a commercial art and design company. She is trained in perspective and drafting and has illustrated by commission for architects and builders, rendering technical yet artistic architectural illustrations in a variety of mediums. Charity's current art pursuits are in fine art oil paintings of people, landscape, animals, and architecture. Please view the gallery section for a list of where her work is currently displayed. Charity also instructs classical art lessons through her private atelier, Rogue Classical Atelier. See her course work.
“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to bathe in it, to become part of it. ... They (the poets) talk as if the west wind could really sweep into a human soul; but it can’t. They tell us that ‘beauty born of murmuring sound’ will pass into a human face; but it won’t. Or not yet. ... At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. ... We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. ... Someday, God willing, we shall get in.” ~ C.S. Lewis