In his gouache technique, Ronan Olier combines spontaneity and fluidity of watercolor with the dense materiality of oil paint. His work impresses us with strength and vitality. We cannot but admire his wonderful and ever changing skies that he captures with fabulous brushwork and an exceptional subtle palette. There is harmony and drama when he is confronted with the noble appearance of a landscape which he paints with brilliant virtuosity.
I will reveal many secrets of the gouache painting, a splendid technique which, in addition to fast drying, makes it possible to work from thin transparent washes to thick impastos and using brilliant colours with feeling of depth. You will learn how to paint fast which becomes a necessity when working outside. We will pay particular attention to the choice of the palette and the use of coloured papers.
We will explore many of the important areas like composition (focal point, how to get the viewer to look at a specific place, balance, unity and variety, subordination of details to unity, getting the elements connected), color (tone, values, contrast of colors, quantity, quality, local color, color of shadows, color of light, reflections) and the gesture (speed of execution, draw and paint simultaneously). Although painting is often a solitary activity, it is interesting to participate in a workshop experience.
Born in Douarnenez on August 15th 1949, Ronan Olier received his art education in the École des Beaux-Arts in Quimper and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. In addition to painting he practices with the greatest delight many other techniques like comic strip, paper plying, fashion and sculpture. Nominated official painter of the Navy, he had many exhibits in France and abroad and got many rewards like the Gold Medal of Salon de la Marine in Paris and the Prize of the Circle de la Mer.
Galleries: Galerie 26 in Paris, La Pléiade in Grenoble, en Ré in Bois-Colombes and Pont-L'Abbé, Sillage in Sauzon, Prom'Art in Perros-Guirec, Vanhove in Quimper, Pacaud in Audierne. Bibliography : Ar Men n°25 p.66-75 Feb 1990, Cols Bleus n°2668 p.20-24 July 2003, "Belle-Île-en-Mer" 2005 (Le Télégramme), "Cap Sizun" 2006 (Le Télégramme), "Saint-Malo" 2007 (Le Télégramme), "Baie de Somme" 2008 (Le Télégramme), Pratique des Arts Hors-Série n°11 p.16-22 "Les grands peintres de la mer" 2007, "Le Rayon Vert" 2008 (Le Télégramme).
Those who don't paint are also welcome. In an area rich in tourism they can discover landscapes, castles, museums, wineries and other curiosities of the Rhône Valley and Ardeche.
We are located in southern France, near Provence, 12 miles south of Valence and 3 miles west of the Rhône river. You will enjoy painting and have fun in the outdoors on a great and beautiful 800 acres ranch.
Nestled along a small stream in a beautiful environment, Perrot's Mill has been mentioned many times since the 12th century in historical records and still retains much of its character and charm. Each room displays its own particular touch of authenticity. The living room with the medieval windows and monumental fire-place calls us back into the heart of the Middle Ages when the Lord of Pierregourde came to court the miller's daughter.
Rooms are comfortable, equipped in most cases with private bathrooms and tastefully decorated with paintings. The beautiful north light painting studio is fully equipped with easels, drawing boards, chairs, stools, etc and is at your disposal 24 hours a day.
Note: You have free access to a WiFi connected PC.
Full boarding in comfortable single or shared rooms including all drinks and beverages (even Champagne).
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Spending one week with famous painters and working under their direction will bring you a great step closer towards greatly understanding the creative process. In these painting workshops you will enter into the beautiful and secret world of masters and learn their techniques and philosophy of painting.
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