Workshop: "Painting the Still Life & Figure", Greensboro, April 18-20

"Painting the Still Life & Figure: Breaking Down The Basics"
Workshop with Artist Angela Nesbit

April 18-20, 2015, 9:30-4
Tyler White O’Brien Gallery

On April 18-20, 2015, Angela Nesbit will present "Painting the Still Life & Figure: Breaking Down the Basics", a three-day painting workshop at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery in Greensboro. Space is limited and will fill quickly. Registration fee: $400 (50% non-refundable deposit).

To register, complete and return the registration form, or contact Kathy O’Brien at 336-279-1124 or


Workshop: Atlanta, September 25-27

"Exploring the Surface:
Painting the Still Life & Figure"
Workshop with Artist Angela Nesbit

September 25-27, 2015
The Art School in Sandy Springs, Atlanta

Hosted by The Art School in Sandy Springs in Atlanta, this 3-day workshop, "Exploring the Surface: Painting the Still Life & Figure", will cover topics including Value Studies, Color Theory, Simplification , Application: Brush and Palette Knife, Painting the Figure from Photographs (optional), Painting Still Life from Life, and Additional Intermediate and Advanced Painting Concepts.  Register online at


Provincetown 2014

It is hard to believe how fast a year goes by.  As of today, it was one year ago that I first visited Cynthia Packard in Provincetown to paint the figure. I was so captivated by the experience that I returned in May of 2014 to paint with her again. I am officially hooked on the Northern Cape and on Cynthia!

I left Charlotte the day before school was out, having survived the craziness of May with kids. The journey to Provincetown has a unique way of leaving it all behind. At the very small gate for all the very small planes to leave Boston for several Cape destinations, I begin to unwind.   Once aboard the 10-seater Cessna and cruising over the Cape Cod Bay on a gorgeous sunny day, all stress and to-dos begin to fade away.  It takes a total of maybe 45 minutes to take off in Boston and be at my hotel on the Cape. That includes collecting my bag off the plane and jumping into a cab. It is about as easy as it gets. Although, I am not sure what that tiny plane would be like on a stormy day. But we won't think about that.  

I love the familiarity of returning to a place and especially one I love so much. I dropped my bags at The Anchor Inn and Beach House and headed off to Cynthia's studio and to reserve my easel and unpack my many boxes of canvases and supplies that I had shipped the week before. Then off to rent my bike and look around a bit.  

The workshop officially began on Friday, a group of eight students and Cynthia in her studio at 9 a.m.  She was as dynamic and energized as the trip before. Watching her paint is very inspiring. It is almost like a dance combined with a work-out. She energetically approaches the canvas, makes a mark and get's off the canvas. She assesses and she might scrape it away or move on an make another mark. Her marks dance around the canvas. Never ignoring one area of the canvas and never working in one area very long. The painting reveals itself over the journey. The process off adding paint is equally important to knowing what to remove. She often scrapes the whole thing down and what is revealed can be the unexpected magic.

As I listened and watched her, I was determined to paint differently, to dig deep and really open up. She is a very intuitive and expressive painter which I really admire. Every painting is a journey and expression for her. I have found that my best work comes from this place. Unfortunately, deadlines can pull an artist out of this magical mindset. Cynthia pushed and pulled me to take risk and to be much more expressive. I really appreciated her honesty and passion. I hope to keep the fire burning until I can return to Provincetown to paint again.  I love the series I started there and look forward to stepping in to the unknown a little more often.

We painted for three days and I stayed on for a couple of days to bike and explore. Provincetown is amazing and I really look forward to returning as soon as it warms up in 2015!  I was lucky once again to have a sunny day to fly back to Boston on the tiny Cessna. 

I am back in the Studio working on opening up and look forward to sharing my new work soon.

Provincetown-inspired paintings in progress

Provincetown-inspired paintings in progress

Demo: "Lunch & Learn", Tyler White O'Brien Gallery, April 26

Figurative Demo with Artist Angela Nesbit: April 26, 11:30-1:00
"Lunch & Learn" at Tyler White O'Brien Gallery

Charlotte artist Angela Dewar Nesbit returns to her hometown of Greensboro on April 26 for “A Weekend with Angela Nesbit”, an exhibition of her work at Tyler White O’Brien Gallery, 307 State Street.

On April 26, 11:30-1:00, Nesbit will present a figurative demo at the gallery.  Tyler White O’Brien’s popular “Lunch & Learn” series provides participants with an intimate opportunity to see the artist’s techniques first hand and ask questions over lunch, included in the $20 registration fee. Space is limited. To register, contact Kathy O’Brien at 336-279-1124 or

The gallery will also host an Artist’s Reception on April 26 from 6-8pm and a one-day painting workshop on April 27. The exhibition will hang from April 21  through May 14.