Ralph is a New Yorker who moved to Stonington, Connecticut in 2005. He started drawing in his early teens and then taught himself to oil paint by doing portraits of family members and friends. To make a living, he began his career as a freelance display designer in New York City.
Eventually, Ralph was introduced to the teachings of Edgar Whitney, a renowned water-colorist at the National Art League in Douglaston, NY. “He opened my mind to the freedom, transparency and spontaneity of watercolors.” After studying with Whitney for several years, Ralph was an instructor at the National Art League for 18 years.
In this workshop, Ralph will start by giving a brief background of his early artistic ability and how he became a full-time artist. He will go over the paper, brushes & colors in his palette. He'll also discuss the principles of design along with the seven elements, which can be used as dominances.
The demo itself will begin with an explanation on Ralph's technique, followed by a question and answer session. After the break, students can begin painting as Ralph gives individual help. A critique will follow aimed at helping students improve their techniques.