Capturing Life in the Studio

Studio life is an open ended poem of constantly changing opportunities, ideas and input. Sometimes it is interesting to see how paintings develop. This history of my latest painting of peonies illustrates the creative process nicely.

My upcoming e-mail newsletter will be about the unfolding of my latest painting. Here are a few images to give you an idea ... but read the next article because this is only a section of a much larger painting.

This painting will appear on my website when it's finished. If you have the opportunity to see it in person, you'll also get to see the artist's journal entry on the open page of the book within the painting. Aren't you curious?


Useful Demo by Douglas Flynt

Here is a useful demo illustrating the way he uses a precisely defined underdrawing followed by an open grisaille and then ebauche (limited color) to beautifully capture a real image. The reason this is useful to learners is that here he is employing techniques taught to atelier students during their second step painting projects.


It's so great to see these resources online.


ART: Drawing / Painting Lessons in Northern Virginia ( Reston / Herndon / Great Falls)

ART in Northern Virginia 

Learn realistic drawing and oil painting methods of the old masters and contemporary realists with Tricia Cherrington Ratliff.

Call 703.593.6444
$50/hour (private lessons)
Weeknights & Weekdays
Convenient Reston/Herndon location

- Drawing
- Oil Painting

- Landscape
- Still Life
- Figure
- Florals
- Portrait

- Color Study (and Key Light painting)
- "Paint-a-long" mentoring on personal projects

Also Available: Classical French Atelier Methods: 
In addition to regular american style lessons, Tricia offers a professional course of study specifically designed for career artists. This approach was used in early french ateliers and later in realist schools in florence today (heart of the renaissance).

Beginning with a series of structured drawing lessons artists gain a stronger ability to handle light, form, gesture, movement and perspective as it relates to painting. As earlier projects are completed, students graduate through increasingly difficult painting projects at their own pace beginning with complex form painting, initial limited palette color handling and eventually advanced color theory. A typical schedule includes at least 2 lessons per week (3 hours each) with additional studio time and homework. By the completion of this extended of study, graduates are able to create and sell finished, gallery quality, realistic works of art.  Apprenticeship option available.