Lisa Ober, PSA
Workshop April 20 - 22, 2017
Extraordinary people. Ordinary objects.
The subjects of artist Lisa Ober’s oil and pastel paintings couldn’t be more different. But whether she’s honoring a corporate leader through a portrait or paying homage to her favorite candy in a still life, Ober creates dramatically realistic pieces that are vivid, not only through her technique and color choices, but through her faithful depiction of the elusive traits that often remain hidden from view.
Lisa will take a step-by-step approach through her unique still life technique, from the first sketch to the finished piece using a photo reference (provided).
Short demonstrations followed by plenty of classwork time will ignite a passion for still life painting as students see their colorful paintings take shape. Participants will learn the skills needed to create believable and realistic still life paintings that are loaded with impressive details.
Lisa will discuss developing keen observation skills, color selection, pastel application, and she will disclose her secrets for handling difficult surfaces such as glass or metal—giving special attention to this area.
Students will get plenty of personal attention, and Lisa’s enthusiasm for still life painting is as contagious for the beginner as it is for the experienced painter. Regardless of favorite subject matter, students will leave with some hot tips for making their future paintings stand out in a crowd. If those in the class aren't already in love with still life painting, they will be by the end of this one! LisaOber.com
LOCATION: The Brazosport Art League Gallery at The Center for Arts & Science, 400 College Blvd, Clute, TX 77531
DATES: April 20, 21, 22, 2017 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WORKSHOP FEE: $350 for PSST Members; $380 for Non-Members
BALANCE DUE: March 1st. Use Paypal button below
Lisa's workshop was full and received accolades from all attending.
CANCELLATION and WAITLIST POLICY
Revealing the Unexpected to Captivate the Audience
Ober has a fascination with each of her subjects, which comes across in every piece she paints. From the subtle smirk in a child’s smile to the intricate dance of light in a bottle, she encourages her audience to interact with the piece, to identify those subtle nuances that make viewers want to learn more or to see everyday objects in an entirely new and breathtaking way.
Growing up, Ober embraced realism at an early age, learning how to capture the essence and emotions of her portrait subjects at her grandmother’s knee. She carried this love of art to Washington University in St. Louis to build her career in graphic design, but her grandmother’s inspiration and her own fascination with the human spirit revived her love of painting.
Ober began painting portraits for friends and family. As word of her talent spread, so did her commissioned work. She walked away from an illustration and design career after college to use her paintbrush to visually chronicle memories. Whether the subject is Pope Benedict XVI, the beloved baseball icon Stan Musial, young toddlers, or families’ cherished pets, today her works hang in living rooms, corporate offices and even halls of fame around the world.
Uncovering the details that make the everyday extraordinary
Ober doesn’t just paint from a photo, she meets with her subjects to get to know them personally (or in the case of a pet, to get in a pat or two). She interacts with their loved ones and admirers to learn about their mannerisms, passions and quirks before creating an end piece that embodies their true personality, building a connection on both sides of the canvas.
While portraits continue to be a passion, Ober loves to express her creativity in other ways. When she has a break from her commissioned work, she puts her beige, peach, cream, brown, and tan paints to the side for more vibrant colors and items she finds around the house. Through her still lifes, Ober approaches each subject with the same faithfulness to detail, but with the freedom to map her own exploration.
Ober studies the features of everyday objects - how light bounces off glass, the sheen of a hole punch, or the vibrant colors of a pool ball – all the beautiful little nuances we miss when we causally toss those objects to the side. She captures on canvas the excitement that occurs when shine, reflection and color are combined, creating pieces that are so shockingly lifelike they entice every viewer to take a second glance – and usually a third, fourth and fifth.
Ober is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and an influential arts advocate in the St. Louis region, encouraging fellow painters to expand their repertoires and skills. Together with two other artists, Ober owns the OA Gallery in Kirkwood, Missouri, which houses one of the finest collections of representational art in the Midwest. Ober regularly leads workshops around the U.S. in both portrait and still life painting, providing both novice and professional painters guidance on enhancing their painting techniques. She frequently serves as a judge for competitions across the country which she says has provided a source of awe and encouragement with regard to the state of art.
For Ober, her career has been one of both excitement and dedication, fueling her passion to create realistic works that tease the mind and fuel the heart.
“I love meeting portrait subjects whether it’s a child or adult, and building those connections over the years. With my still lifes, I’ve been able to bring together my two passions. I have the career of my dreams.”