By Roberta Boatti for The Island Connection
Seabrook Island artist Pat Huff will give a series of workshops in plein aire painting on September 11, 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a free workshop series and all Seabrookers are invited. Participants will meet at the Lake House Eagle’s Nest room and move outside to set up for the course. There will be an orientation meeting on August 28 from 2–3 p.m. to discuss what will be supplied and what participants should bring to the workshops. Attendance at this workshop is not required, but is recommended.
The classes will focus on limiting your subject, capturing your story, getting values correct, seeing the whole before the details, and much more. No major equipment is required. Unless you already have an easel for outside work, you should come with only a display easel, small fold up tray, palette box or watercolor palette, small sketch book and a small number of oil paints.
Pat believes that there is “something that speaks in a plein aire painting. The canvas comes alive with real sunlight and shadows before you, rather than painting from a photograph. Your painting will have more spark and life, will be richer in value and hue, and will have more spontaneity.”
For Pat the love of color and line began as a child. She was constantly using paints and crayons, observing how to manipulate color and line to make patterns.
While pursuing degrees from Georgia State University in Geography, Secondary Education and Business, she was able, as part of her minor in Cartography or Map Making, to study Greek and Roman Art, Architecture, and Archaeology in Rome, Italy, all of which stimulated Pat’s interest in art.
She found the experience of being able to observe, in person, the works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and Caravaggio overwhelming and was inspired to study and paint. She then began taking drawing, painting, color theory, watercolor, oil, figure drawing, composition, and pastel.
As an artist, Pat strives to capture loving memories of places, people, and events. Her paintings represent her travels with loved ones and artist friends, or time spent on the coast of South Carolina and in the Atlanta area. Pat’s yin and yang impressionistic interpretation of serene to vivacious landscapes are done with many different oil painting techniques, including palette knife and glazing.
Pat has studied at the Atlanta College of Art and with Mary Booth Cabot, Quida Canaday, and Dolores Kennedy and had numerous workshops with other artists. She is a member of the Charleston Artist Guild, Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and exhibits in the Lowcountry Gallery on East Bay Street. She has won awards in the Old Santee Canal Exhibition and in the CAG Signature Show and has exhibited in the juried Spotlight on Art in Atlanta and Wells Gallery shows.
To view Pat’s work visit www.patriciahuff.artistwebsites.com. Sign up for this workshop by contacting Walter Czander at 843.768.9086 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out what’s new at the Seabrook Island Artist Guild by visiting www.seabrookislandartistguild.com.