(Classes, Workshops and Private Study opportunities) 

Drawing and Oil Painting Lessons with Tricia Cherrington Ratliff 
Call the number below for more information. I like to speak with each student individually to understand your artistic goals so that we can figure out together which learning options are the best fit for your needs. 

All ages and experience levels
Location: Reston / Herndon, Virginia

- Drawing
- Oil Painting
- Still Life
- Portrait / Figure
- Landscape
- Florals

Private Lessons and Small Group Classes available for all ages and experience levels. Learn both classical and contemporary methods of drawing and painting. Students learn to paint everything from still life to people wearing shimmering jewelry, fur, velvet, diamonds, gold, satin etc.

Professional career track lessons also available !


Danni Dawson Color Study Demo

In an earlier blog post, I collected and shared a few online videos of Henri Henche style color studies. Here, Danni Dawson offers a useful demonstration on video of Henche style color study with a slightly different approach. Having studied with Danni, I think her approach is useful because you can easily see the translation of how one might use color study skills in the development of an alla prima portrait.

These studies not only help us learn how to find color and temperature, the experience of transitioning or mixing color right on the canvas creates a sort of "flickering" of colors because they are subtly juxtaposed within the mixing area. Here, little flecks of the "blue" on the shade side of the head probably show through the painting in real life creating a visual vibration (these subtle shifts hardly show up in a video or photos but are beautiful to the naked eye).