This workshop is now FULL (as of 13 May).

July 5-8 (4 days, Mon-Thurs)     Fee $550


DOMINIK MODLINSKI ~ Application of Colour Contrast in Painting

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Media: oils and acrylics

Level: intermediate to advanced

The workshop will provide four days of inspiration and innovation where brushstrokes radiate with luminescent light and the brilliant hues of the Canadian and worldwide landscapes.

Dominik Modlinski’s work reflects his travel into remote areas of fast diminishing earth’s wilderness. The sources of his ingenuity are the never-ending supply of material that nature affords and the realities of our endangered environment.

The workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced artists who wish to expand their knowledge of oil and acrylic painting techniques while enhancing their perception and creative visualization.

The workshop will address the following areas:

Painting with 3 primary colours

Dominik will address the principles of painting using just three primary colours. This will strengthen the student’s understanding of correct colour ratios and principles of colour contrasts. The simplicity of this approach will give students the freedom and understanding of colour mixing, which leads to harmonious and successful paintings. During the first day we will study and mix unlimited colour hues using triadic principals. There will be emphasis of the economy of brush movements to keep colours clean and saturated while traveling from one hue to another.

Complementary colour contrast

Dominik will demonstrate principles of complementary colour contrast, utilizing a semi-neutral pallet for harmonious compositions. We will then create a few smaller paintings using these principals.

Analogous colour schemes

Dominik will demonstrate principles of an analogous colour scheme, utilizing adjacent and closely related colour for a harmonious theme. We will then create few smaller paintings using analogous colour harmonies.

Split-complementary colour schemes

Dominik will demonstrate principles of split-complementary colour scheme, utilizing its vibrancy and simplicity. We will then create few smaller paintings using this colour scheme.

Combining colour schemes

We will work together to create a landscape composition. Dominik will demonstrate his approach to creating a successful studio painting. The theme of transferring plein air ideas and its energy into a studio work will be constantly emphasized in our painting exercises. The principles of the above 3 colour contrasts will be addressed in this final painting.

Students will leave the workshop with many colour theory exercises, which then they can display in their studio for quick reference. Students will also leave with multiple colour studies compositions and one large painting from the last day.

Dominik will provide all photographic references for painting studies.

Time allowing, Domink will share with you some of his painting journey adventures through his films and TV series. He will also share some of his finished studio and plein air sketches.

Supplies list

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About the instructor

The source of this artist’s ingenuity is the never-ending supply of material nature affords. As a matter of course, Dominik J. Modlinski incorporates the journey motif into his work, his creative process and his personal growth experience. For him, the possibilities are endless.

Born in Warsaw, Poland, Modlinski now calls Canada home and makes his living traveling through and painting various endangered natural areas. At the heart of his travels is a quest to discover and depict the inherent balance and truthfulness found in nature.

“My work is simply a reflection of what I love to do most, to be able to live on the land, to better my creative vision and to bring people joy and understanding of the environment through art,” says Modlinski.

In Poland he attended The School for Artistic Crafts and Design. In Canada he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art in 1993. He has since lived in the wilderness setting of Atlin, B.C., where he taught painting and drawing at the Atlin Centre for the Arts. Modlinski says he enjoys the physical challenge painting in such remote location entails. It’s also an opportunity to visually celebrate a unique ecosystem. For this artist, celebration is really at the heart of his hard work.

Dominik’s painting journeys are a wilderness experience based upon weeks of traveling rugged and barren lands to capture in plein air style the majesty of nature. His northern travels have inspired him to explore further and visit many of earth’s last remaining wilderness areas. Some of the most extreme painting expeditions took him across continents and hemispheres such as Antarctica, High Arctic, Greenland, and Patagonia and most recently in to the wilds of Namibia and South Africa.

Even though Dominik travels widely, painting through out the world, he returns nearly every year to the wilderness of the Yukon. For over last 20 years Dominik captured the beauty of Atlin and the Yukon in hundreds of plein air oil sketches and large studio paintings. His signature works are mostly based on autumn alpine scene of Yukon wilderness.

When he is not painting, he devotes his time to filming and creating his ongoing television series called ‘CHANGING LANDSCAPES’ where he and his best friend travel the world in the quest of adventure and painting locations.

Modlinski now shares his time between Nanaimo and Atlin BC where he paints full-time. Dominik also teaches many painting workshops to share his passion and expertise for landscape painting.

The artist’s work can be found in corporate and private collections around the world. He is represented by Canada House (Banff, AB), Koyman Galleries (Ottawa, ON), Hambelton Galleries (Kelowna, BC), Mountain Galleries (Whistler, BC and Jasper, AB), John A. Libby Fine Art (Toronto, ON), Medicine Man Gallery (Phoenix, AZ and Santa Fe, NM) and Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa). His work is also published by Nature’s Scene in Georgetown, ON.

On the web

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