Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them.
In this workshop Alexei Antonov will show and explain how to paint one of the most complicated textures in still life painting, Claret Grapes. He will lead you through the actual painting of Claret Grapes from start to finish, giving the detailed explanation of all the stages of the Flemish painting style, beginning with drawing, imprimatura, and the umbra layer. Special attention will be given to color layers where the texture is born. Detailed step by step instructions will help you create a piece of art so realistic that people will be drawn to smell and touch it.
The workshop explains and demonstrates the Flemish technique in the process of painting a portrait of a beautiful young woman. I believe that the quality of the color layer and the likeness to the model in this portrait are exceptional (working in front of the camera, perhaps, makes one concentrate better).