Local, Inexpensive Workshop! With Erik koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq

Sign up now for an amazing landscape painting workshop In Jackson New Hampshire! The workshop is going for a reasonable rate so reserve your place while there is still room.

study of an ash tree_11inX14in

Here is a synopsis of the workshop for those of you interested:

An Introduction to Traditional Landscape Painting – How to Paint the Claudian Tree with Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq
Regardless of your level of experience, the goal of  this workshop will be to provide you with a thorough introduction to traditional landscape painting. In this workshop, we will attempt to place ourselves in the mindset of the great Landscape Painters of the past.  Students will discover a deeper understanding of how these old masters approached the challenge of conceiving a landscape painting in the studio. We believe that the concepts we will be discussing and demonstrating will greatly help the student’s ability to understand nature more thoroughly and thus, greatly improve their outdoor work. Our layered approach to painting, is something unique to today’s art world and is fundamental to achieving a painting in a traditional mode. We will demonstrate glazing , scumbling, and how to use the surface of the canvas to achieve a painting rich in form yet light in color and value.
Fri,-Sun, May 10-12  Friday evening  Erik Koeppel painting demonstration:
6-8:30pm  Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm   $225

Here is the link to sign up : http://www.jacksonartnh.com/fall-2012-classes/art-classes-for-adults/

Hope to see you there!

New England Winter Paintings

“A few feathery flakes are scattered widely through the air, and hover downward with uncertain flight, now almost alighting on the earth, now whirled again aloft into remote regions of the atmosphere.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne
silent snowfall
silent snowfall , 4x8in. private collection
Winter is one of my favorite times of the year, it’s quite , tranquil beauty , I find deeply inspiring. In this post I am going to illustrate some of the winter scenes I have done of New England scenery.
Winter's Full Moon

View of Carter Notch, 14x19in.

cresent moon in winter, cooler, web resolution
Thank you for reading,  and I hope you are enjoying the beauty of this magical time of year!
all above works are available at Hawthorne Fine Art.

New Summer Workshop Through the Grand Central Academy

sunrise over the hudson river
Lauren Sansaricq Sunrise over the Hudson River 24x36in. oil on canvas

Techniques of the Hudson River School with Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq in NH

Erik Koeppel_View over Jackson, NH_16 x 24 inches_Oil on canvas_ White Mountain Art WEB
Erik Koeppel “View over Jackson, N.H.” 16x24in. oil on canvas

 Course Description:click here!

July 25 – Aug 3, 2013 (10 instructed days)
$1350 (includes park fees, a lecture, and 1 group meal)
Location: Jackson, NH in the White Mountain National Forest
Limited shared lodging (private or shared rooms) available
in rental house (kitchen).
Single room housing is available at local hotels.
Class open, accepting registrations.
Lauren Sansaricq "mt. chocorua in N.H."
Lauren Sansaricq “mt. chocorua in N.H.”

Regardless of your level of experience our goal as instructors will be to provide you with a thorough introduction to traditional landscape painting. In this workshop we will attempt to place ourselves in the mindset of the great American Landscape Painters of the 19th Century. By painting in locations actually portrayed by the Hudson River School, we will discover a deeper understanding of how these artists approached the challenge of rendering the landscape before them.

Although we encourage painting, students wishing to learn landscape drawing for the entire ten days are welcome. We will address the following: compositional sketching, light and atmosphere in grisaille, outdoor painting in color. (See attached PDF for full course description and Supply List)

With two instructors we will offer extra personal attention to each student’s individual interests and needs.

See photos of the 2012 workshop at these links:
Days 1,2,3
Days 4,5,6
Final Critique with tons of great Student work

To learn more on the GCA website  Click here

Here are some photos from the previous workshop……

Erik Koeppel _White Mountain Art Workshop_ students and Hudson River Fellows at Jackson Falls
Artists Painting at the local Jackson fall’s
Erik Koeppel _White Mountain Art Workshop_ 2 happy students
workshop student hard at work
Erik Koeppel _White Mountain Art Workshop_Lauren Sansaricq Discussing Glazing
discussion of glazing
Erik Koeppel _White Mountain Art Workshop_Lost Pond!
scene of the near by, Lost Pond
Erik kKeppel talking about the landscape
Erik Koeppel talking about the landscape

last years workshop was wonderful to say the least, it seems that the participants not only learned a tremendous amount but also gained memories and friendships that will last a life time.
looking forward to this summer, and hope to see you there!

Images of New Works at Hawthorne Fine Art and Insight Into the Artist’s Process

An Artist’s Process: A Painting Demonstration by Lauren Sansaricq

December 2, 2012 by Hawthorne Fine Art

Lauren Sansaricq (b.1991), whose landscape paintings are inspired by the artists of the Hudson River School and are represented by Hawthorne Fine Art, recently performed an exciting artist demonstration at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College, where her work is on exhibit until December 6, 2012.


Lauren Sansaricq, Winter Afternoon, View of Carter Notch, NH. Oil on canvas, 14 x 19 in.

This event featured one of Lauren’s hauntingly beautiful nocturnal scenes illuminated by a pulsing full moon, and demonstrated the process of drawing, underpainting, and the final glazing. She selected a nocturnal scene in order to show the clear transition from underpainting to a richer finished image once glazing is complete. After drawing out her composition, Lauren spent time building up the primarily monochromatic underpainting—often called the dead color stage. The choice of a nocturnal scene, according to Lauren, was successful in revealing the importance of determining the tonal values of the whole image in relation to the drawn arrangement. Lauren began painting concentric circles outward from the central full moon, deepening the color and warmth of the pigment as she progressed. Fr. Iain MacLellan, Director of the Chapel Art Center, noted that visitors were especially amazed by the quickness with which Lauren transformed pigment from her brush into naturalistic form, as if by magic! He stated that Lauren’s “apparent learnedness and deftness with pigments and brush” were especially impressive and exciting for viewers.

view-of-mt-washington-from-the-saco-river-2012-lsLauren Sansaricq, View of Mt. Washington from the Saco River, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 10 x 16 in.

Since the underpainting must dry before glazes can be applied, Lauren had prepared another panel ahead of time with the same composition in order to show visitors how to glaze a painting. As Lauren explained, glazing uses thin layers of transparent paint to enhance the colors and shadows of a painting in a way that creates richness but preserves the lightness or freshness of the paint.

This impressive demonstration provided an illuminating experience for visitors not only into the technical aspect of creating a painting and the extensive care and work that goes into each image, but also the intense emotional part of Lauren’s work. Fr. Iain mentioned that the demonstration revealed “the real purity of intent on the part of the artist. [Lauren] relayed in a quiet and forthright way… the fullness of the experiences she has had with the almost unsurpassable beauty of the brilliant moon at night.” One visitor’s question, which the artist found particularly inspiring, was in regard to the spiritual quality of her work. The visitor asked how Lauren’s technique enhanced this spiritual feeling. Lauren responded that her glazing technique and scumbling (glazing with a more opaque paint) would help call a viewer’s attention to one particular element of the painting. This element, as Lauren says, “should tell a story of the journey we are all on for enlightenment and ultimately the Truth.”

view-of-madison-from-the-androscoggin-river-lauren-sansaricq-editedLauren Sansaricq, View of Mt. Madison from the Androscoggin River, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 7 ½ x 14 in.

Lauren’s technical prowess and reverence for nature as conveyed through painting reflect the ideals expressed by the nineteenth century American landscape painters of the Hudson River School. While the demonstration is especially significant for its illumination of Lauren’s own working process and personal connection to the subjects she depicts, it also reveals the important techniques, pigments, and types of brushes used by historic artists. This very special event, which so brilliantly supplemented the exhibition of her work, The Glimmer of Light, “became a living metaphor for how to enlighten others,” said Fr. Iain, and “how to bring light out of darkness with materials, methods, perception, and memory.”

autumn-afternoon-lsLauren Sansaricq, Autumn Afternoon. Oil on artist’s board, 8 x 12 in.

In addition to Lauren’s demonstration, the exhibition at Saint Anselm College was recently supplemented with a lecture by David Dearinger, Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. Dr. Dearinger’s talk introduced the Hudson River School, focusing on the development of the art movement through the careers of three major artists—Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, and Frederic Church—all of whom found painting subjects and artistic inspiration in the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains of New York State.

view-of-the-mt-washington-valley-2012Lauren Sansaricq, View of the Mt. Washington Valley, 2012. Oil on artist’s board, 8 ¼ x 15 ¼ in.

The Glimmer of Light: Landscape Paintings by Lauren Sansaricq will be on view at the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, until December 6th. We hope you will have an opportunity to visit the exhibition! To enjoy more of Lauren’s paintings, please view the PDF catalogue of the artist’s previous exhibition at Hawthorne Fine Art, Nature’s Poetry.

snow-scene-in-jackson-n-h-2011-ls-unframedLauren Sansaricq, Snow Scene in Jackson N.H., 2011. Oil on artist’s board, 6 1/4 x 4 in.

Exploring Boston through the eyes of an artist

This past weekend some of my paintings were on display at Hawthorne Fine Art’s booth at The Boston International Fine Art Show. So I decided to checkout the show , this being my first time in Boston, I also  wanted visit all the wonderful museums and beautiful  sites this old city has to offer.
Here are some Images of my work and some lovely historic works from the Hawthorne Fine Art display at the Boston international Fine Art Show:
Charles Henry Gifford (1839-1904)
My Paintings At The Show
In addition to attending the Boston International Show. Erik and I also enjoyed The Museum of Fine Art in Boston, they have a superb collection  and in addition to this currently have a show on White Mountain Landscape Painting. here are some images taken at the museum:

Great Ionic columns at the museum
Asher B. Durand
George Inness
exploring one of the lovely period rooms
Thomas Doughty (1793-1856)
Sanford Gifford, “Mount Chocorua”

    Our trip to Boston was lovely and I highly recommend visiting to anyone interested in beautiful Art, Architecture and Culture.


Thanks for reading….