Most Recent Drawings

Here are some of my recent drawings (the first is still in progress). These will be included in the exhibit of new works this coming Saturday December 4th.


Drawing and Oil Painting Lessons in Northern Virginia

Indoor and Outdoor Oil Painting with Tricia Ratliff
Year 2012-2013

Weekly Still Life Painting Lessons
Call 703.593.6444

Lessons are taught in a private studio environment in Reston/Herndon area.

Bring light and life into your paintings. Learn both classical and contemporary realist techniques in a small group that ensures every student gets plenty of personal attention. Classes meet every week and we currently have one opening on Monday mornings and an upcoming opening in January on Tuesday mornings. New students begin with a series of private lessons and graduate into a group of advanced painters. Students in good standing receive free studio time to paint, draw and work on personal projects in a professional studio environment with other artists. (private lessons are $50/hour) 

Workshop: Painting the Portrait in Oil


Drawing Ellipses (How to draw)

Drawing Ellipses:

When I teach drawing, one of the first 5 topics includes: how to draw anything in perspective and tips to help capture the difference between mechanical looking (man made) objects versus organic objects. Understanding ellipses in perspective is useful when capturing man made objects such as a thrown vessel, bottles, pipes etc.

I just happened across this very useful post about drawing ellipses. Click below to see a clear and simple description of how to render ellipses in perspective.


This is a nice review of what we've covered in class.


Some Options for Studio Space in Northern Virginia

For those looking for studio space in Northern Virginia (the DC area), here are a few options available.

http://www.adamlistergallery.com/ (FAIRFAX: Has extra studio spaces in huge, open area in the back) 
http://www.soundry.net/ (VIENNA: Offers gym style studio membership) 
http://www.loudounacademy.org/ (LEESBURG: Artists can jury in to rented studio space) 
http://www.greatfallsfoundationforarts.org/ (GREAT FALLS: Co-op style studio and gallery) 
http://www.workhousearts.org/ (LORTON: Huge art complex) 
http://www.artspaceherndon.com/ (HERNDON: Offers "open studio" for $7 per visit when class is not in session)
http://www.avenuebeausejour.com/ (Drop-in studio and luxury "gym style" studio memberships) 

If I've missed any, add a comment.

Photo of my son at 3 years old
working in his studio space. 


Today's Drawings

I'm preparing for a set of painting projects in 2011 which require a lot of drawing in advance. Here are today's sketches. I'll be making copies of these sketches for my own use ... so, the originals will be available at the upcoming exhibit on December 4th & 5th (see blow post below).

We're also planning to offer a 1 day drawing intensive workshop in February. Although I'm waiting on confirmation from the venue, students have started holding their spots. If you are interested in registering, visit my website: http://www.TriciaRatliff.com and give me a call or drop me an e-mail.


See Tricia Ratliff's paintings in person!

This fall, as we approach the holidays, my paintings will be exhibited in a few locations right here in Northern Virginia. Every venue is showing a unique set of my paintings - and everyone has something new! So, if you visit them all, you'll see over 30 different works in different sizes

Avenue Beau Sejour Gallery 
Grand Opening Celebration 
NOVEMBER 20th 10am-5pm
10135 Colvin Run Road, Suite 100 Great Falls virginia 22066 (map link)
703.716.4299 / 703.268.5355
In addition to seeing 11x14 deeply pigmented still life and landscape paintings, you'll also see one of my newest "Sepia" colored landscapes - revealed for the first time in this location! 

Studio Exhibit with Trisha Adams, Vicki Blum and Tricia Cherrington Ratliff
DECEMBER 4th & 5th 10am-5pm
Location: Herndon, Virginia 
To receive an invitation, call 703.593.6444
This studio exhibit is a fun mix of my oil paintings and drawings. Come enjoy them in this private and cozy setting as we celebrate the season together. As a holiday"thank you", anyone who purchases one of my paintings during this show will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate toward a portrait drawing of your choice! Yes, if you buy a painting, you might also go home with a valuable gift you can use for your holiday cards or give to someone you love.  

Applegate Gallery - "Mini Works" Exhibit
101 Church St. Suite C (second floor) NW, Vienna, VA 22180
Featuring small works (under 11x11 inches) by some of the curator's favorite artists. Every piece of custom framed artwork is $150 or less. Visit Applegate this winter and you'll see my rarely exhibited 5x5, 5x7 and 6x6 florals, figured and still life paintings. Applegate also exclusively carries my watercolor paintings. 

Broadway Gallery, Alexandria Virginia 
5641 B General Washington Drive, Alexandria, VA 22312 (map link)
Store hours Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm (closed Sundays)
DECEMBER: I've just recently been accepted to this gallery so my work will be available here beginning in December 2010. Lisa Tureson's paintings will be featured in a reception on Dec 4th at 5:30 but my work will also be hanging in the gallery along with the work of some very talented artists. So, I encourage you to stop by and say "Hi" to the owners.