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Feb 07 2018

Seabrook Island Artist Guild 3-day Oil Painting Workshop

By Monique Boissier-Sporn for The Island Connection

William P. Duffy, Sailing in Polpis, Nantucket, oil on canvas.

William P. Duffy, a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists will demonstrate his art on Mar. 20 at the Guild’s monthly meeting and offer a three-day painting workshop Mar. 21-23. This is a rare and affordable opportunity to work under a true master and a great teacher! His 3-day in studio workshop is open to all levels, as well as non-members. The class size is limited to 10. The cost is $295 for Guild members and $325 for guests.

Please note that payment must accompany registration and is not refundable after Feb. 15. To sign up, please send a check made out to “SIAG” to Pat Van deGraff, 2390 Cat Tail Pond, Seabrook Island. A material list and detailed description of the workshop will be sent to registered participants.

William P. Duffy was born in Boston and received his art education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum/ Clark University and the Boston Architectural Center. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, a member of the New England Plein Air Painters, the Copley Society, and The Oil Painters of America. Duffy’s paintings are in collections from Japan to Hawaii to London, and have been shown in several art museums, including permanent collections. Duffy has been exhibiting at the Mystic Seaport International Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery where he received several Awards of Excellence. Eight of his paintings, published as prints, have been sold worldwide. He is the recipient of multiple “Award of Excellence” at international shows. He has been the subject of articles in Sea History, U.S. Art, Art Business News, Fine Art Connoisseur, and American Art Collector. As a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists and past Managing Fellow, he has served on the jury in the Artist Membership, Signature Artist Membership and Fellow application process for the past 20 years. Duffy also wrote two articles describing his painting process for the ASMA Quarterly Magazine. His work can be seen in many fine art galleries in New England and on his website, Duffy is a celebrated and sought-after teacher. He has taught workshops at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, at the Lyme Art Association and the Rowayton Art Center, all in Connecticut. He has also taught at the Portland Museum School of Art and at Permaquid Point in Maine. He has conducted private workshops in New York and New England as well as in his studio. Duffy approaches painting on three different levels which are all interrelated: aesthetics, creating a sense of place, and creating an emotional or spiritual content.

Aesthetic: Composition is a complex exercise of arranging squares and rectangles broken by subtle curves and angles, hopefully fitting into a cohesive whole, and activated by progressive systems of warm and cool colors.

Creating a sense of place: Light, atmosphere, local color and texture play major roles, establishing the viewer to say, yes, this is the Azores, Nantucket, or Ireland. Finally and most challenging, painting is a means to “express deep-seated spiritual sentiments”. A painting must have mood and subtle power. “I try to stir the soul”, says Duffy. At the Seabrook Island workshop, Duffy will describe his particular approach to painting and start each day with a brief demonstration followed by individual guidance as needed by each student. Teaching points will include:

Understanding the role of color and contrast in the creation of mood.

Using a simple four-value approach as a tool in design.

Achieving focus through value and color contrast, shape diversity, edge manipulation and thick and thin paint quality.

Learning to simplify value patterns to achieve unity and impact.

Discussing the relative merits of various painting tools including brushes and knives, easels, mediums, paint and supports.

For more information on the Seabrook Island Artists Guild, membership, events, classes, workshops and shows, please visit

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