Exploring the possibility of painting at a workshop with Bill Oman

August 28, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Have you ever eaten desert first? My name is Bill Oman. I'm an artist and painter for many years now. I find that when I start my painting that's often the case. I get to have desert first. I get to do the fun and exciting part when the paint is still wet and the colors are their most vibrant.

I get to use my tools, my paint brush, my palette knife and sometimes even my garden hose or a shop vac to make the paint do what I want it to do and explore their capabilities and explore my own ideas and inspiration as well.

I think the process of painting is a thing unto itself. I think it would be great if it were something everyone could experience either by doing the painting or at least by observing. So I offered to do two workshops here at the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, one in November and one in December, so people can come and be a part of this process.

What I will be doing is showing several of the methods I use for applying and working with the paint. After observing this, people can try it themselves. We will have some canvases available so if anyone would care to they can make their own painting to take home with them.

One thing I would say is don't be concerned if you don't feel you are an artist because there are two things in this workshop that would amaze me. One would be if anyone, including myself, walked away with any kind of decent painting at all because this is not the purpose of it. The other thing that would amaze me is if anyone walked away from the workshop without learning at least a little bit of something and without having had a lot of fun because that is purpose of the workshop.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact the Bonifas Arts Center. I'm sure they would be happy to let you know and I hope you can make it.


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