Monday, January 2, 2017

Announcing: Derek Penix "Fresh and Powerful Painting from Photos" workshop

Loosen Up! Seeing, Simplifying and Expression  
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painting by Derek Penix
You know how challenging it can be sometimes to retain that fresh and spontaneous quality when making a painting from photographic reference?

Check out this upcoming workshop with Derek Penix and learn his techniques and ideas on keeping the painting fresh and lively while working from photographs.

 "Fresh and Powerful Painting From Photos" 
with Derek Penix

Workshop dates: March 3 - 5, 2017
 10 am – 5 pm  
Tuition:   $395

painting by Derek Penix

This workshop is for adults from beginner to advanced.  The workshop will consist of one-onone instruction, demonstrations, critiques, and plenty of time for painting.  Students will use oils to paint from photographs. The mornings will consist of Penix giving a demo and the remaining time dedicated to students painting.

 Penix will cover topics such as the power of warm and cool, complementaries, harmony, edges, shapequality, variety, simplifying, and loosening brushwork.  There will be a strong emphasis on seeing in terms of mass and shape relationships.  Penix will cover how fear can ultimately keep you from expression.

  • Where: Patris Studio and Art Gallery 3460 2nd Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817 
  • Tuition: $395 
  •  Registration: Contact Patris at to register and send in a $200 deposit to hold your space. Checks made payable to Patris and sent to studio address.     
Cancellation Policy: Please see cancellation policy at

Instructor Bio:
Over the years Penix's work has changed greatly and continues to evolve with each painting. "I never want to be stuck painting only one way or only one subject matter. Variety is the spice of life and is especially that way for me with painting." 

Penix has had the opportunity to work under Quang Ho and later with C.W. Mundy. "They have helped me as an artist immensely. I am so thankful that they have been willing to feed into my life as they have."  

Penix has been recognized in many national competitions and publications. Even at a young age Penix was recognized in Southwest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010, and Oklahoma Magazine's "40 Under 40" in 2014. To date, Penix's most notable and recent award has been the 2016 "Gold Medal Award" from Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, boasting a $30,000 prize. Penix currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.