Clarice Beckett was one of Australia’s most important painters of the interwar period who the translated the tonalist approach developed by Max Meldrum into ‘an atmospheric form of painterly abstraction’ (Tracey Lock, Art Gallery of South Australia). Beckett was concerned with the changing effects of light on her subjects which were mostly of the streets and beaches of her locale, the bayside suburb of Beaumaris in Melbourne.
In this one-day workshop, students will explore the painterly techniques of Clarice Beckett in oils or acrylic paint and complete a small Beckett style painting of their locale. Composition, subject and the effects of light will be discussed, and tonal colour mixing, wet-in-wet, blending and dry brush techniques will be demonstrated.
Students are encouraged to bring with them some photographs of their own locale, preferably in the early morning or late afternoon when the shadows are longer and the light more diffuse.
This class is suitable for students with some painting experience in either oils or acrylics.