Donna Bland, Hills of Tuscany, 2021, oil on canvas
Completing a painting each day. Learn to perceive and simplify shape and color while creating a painting. Visually interpret relationship of shape, value and color. Donna Bland will start a demo painting, then begin a step-by-step process to completing a painting each day. Individual help at each easel. Each artist will be able to complete exercises in color mixing which will help to learn mixing and find the correct color.
Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area. Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited. She loves to learn, create and share what she has experienced in finishing a painting. No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Austin Plein Air Painters, American Women Artists and Artists of Texas. She has received numerous awards and has paintings in corporate and private collections. When she first started painting in Georgia, Bland was taught to paint scenes that interested her. Painting what interests her adds a feeling of excitement into her painterly strokes. Painting outdoors (en plein air) is a wonderful way to study light and shadow as the day unfolds. Bland – “Painting a portrait is especially fun because I get to know the people or create a scene from a person’s life. From outdoor scenes, to portraits, to still life – I love it all.” Each canvas is the opportunity to create a new design made of various colors and shapes. She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Junior College in Texas. And, has been fortunate to paint with modern day masters throughout the United States as well as Europe. Continuing to study and read works by John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Richard Schmid, Joaquin Sorolla and Emile Gruppé lends it’s influence in her work. For more information, visit donnabland.com.