Monday, October 29, 2012

Painting the Passion of Flamenco

All last week I attended a workshop, Painting the Passion of Flamenco, at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, located at the Carmelite Monastery in Santa Fe. The workshop was about using the software program Corel Painter to paint images of flamenco dancers.

The class was taught by charismatic/inspirational instructor Jeremy Sutton, a Corel Painter master, teacher, evangelist, dancer, artist, and friend from San Francisco.

The class started with an intro Monday morning and an all-afternoon photography session with flamenco dancers and musicians at the historic Masonic Temple in Santa Fe. Many of the workshop attendees were great photographers and everyone came away with hundreds of images that were exceptional. We were able to shoot anywhere in the building, including the musty, dusty attic that provided incredible atmosphere and light.

The rest of the week we learned a lot about Corel Painter 12 as we created many different flamenco images based on the Monday photo session.

Flamenco dancers in the attic of the Masonic Temple.

A rough sketch exploring various Painter brushes.

Exploring color.

Experimenting with different techniques and styles.

Oil sketch.

Dancer with Black Scarf. Color study.