Painting Trees Accurately & Expressively with TJ Cunningham
Paint trees precisely and expressively with TJ Cunningham
In this two day online workshop, TJ will teach everything he knows about painting trees. Students will study basic tree species and best practices to identify and paint them. You will be introduced to historical and contemporary painters who masterfully paint trees. Most importantly, TJ carefully demonstrates his approach to tree painting, giving students plenty of time to paint and one-to-one classes. As a teacher, TJ has no secrets and there is no question you cannot ask. The goal of this course is to take the instructor some time off from your artistic journey and show you the breakthroughs that helped him paint trees. Students paint from photos provided by the instructor.
Says TJ, “I often hear the comment that painting the landscape is easier than painting a portrait because” trees don’t care if their branches are wrong. “While I see the point as a professional landscape artist, I am very much aware of the tremendous importance of trees in a painting and the pressures to paint them convincingly. If you’ve ever tried to paint a tree, you know exactly what I do my. “
The class consists of ZOOM meetings with daily Maldemos, plenty of time to eat and the opportunity to ask questions. The workshop takes place in the EST. Demos are recorded for students enrolled in the class.
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About the instructor:
TJ Cunningham was born in 1988 and grew up in the quintessentially small New England town of Cambridge, Vermont, where he spent most of his time outdoors. The small farms, wooded hills, and shallow streams of his childhood were full of inspiration. It was the perfect place to inspire the desire to create something. TJ pursued this desire into adulthood by studying commercial arts at Pensacola Christian College. There he discovered oil paint. He often describes the experience as “love at first sight”.
Since the beginning of TJ’s career in the fine arts, he has focused on the landscape and spends much of his time outdoors painting from life. His work is becoming more and more popular. In 2014, Southwest Art recognized Cunningham as one of America’s emerging artists in its annual 21 under 31 article. It received numerous awards, including “Best Overall Oil” in the annual Plein Air Salon on November 7th / October. He also received 1st Place Landscape (2016), Honorable Mention (2016), 5th Place (2014) and Exceptional Merit (2013) from the Portrait Society of America. Despite his focus and success, TJ lives a balanced life. He and his wife, Julie, a college art student, share the joy of two beautiful sons.
What the students say:
“Tim is without a doubt one of the best painters I have ever met. His pictures apply to the landscape he paints. But there is more to it than that. He is also a natural teacher. Aspiring painters like me who take part in workshops from time to time know that this is not an easy combination to find. Furthermore, he has the kindness of heart to genuinely care about his students’ individual progress. During these workshop days with Tim, I could honestly feel his real interest in my work. I wish him all the best in his career. “- Judith
“I was lucky enough to attend two of Tim’s workshops in Middlebury, VT, and they were great! When I paint now, I take more time to look for those moments of color and light that make each subject unique. “- Barrett Wendal
“I attended two workshops with TJ Cunningham – one for the open air landscape and one for painting the figure outdoors. As an instructor, TJ is excellent at explaining and demonstrating how natural light falls on features such as fields, hills, trees and man-made objects. He helped me see the variety of colors in these objects. In the second workshop, he was particularly helpful in showing us how to use indirect and reflected light to add vitality to paintings of figures in a natural setting. “- Linda
We cannot issue refunds or exchanges for this visiting artist workshop unless the workshop is canceled by the Townsend Atelier.