James Sulkowski's work combines a philosophy and science along with his art. His subject matter is nature. He attempts to reveal the universal and the beautiful elements found in the world around us. Sulkowski uses his knowledge of science in preparing all of his own materials by hand. He grinds his own paints from powdered pigments in oils and varnishes which he painstakingly prepares. He also consults Renaissance formulas making his own gessoed panels and lead-ground canvases. This emphasis on the craft of painting is essential to Sulkowski's art. Only in this way is the artist able to control the consistency and vitality of his medium. These methods of the Masters also contribute to a work of art with lasting value and permanence and one that is timeless.
"No Nonsense Realism: Floral Still Life" - 134 minutes
James Sulkowski teaches you the fundamentals of still life, straight forward and with no funny business. Taking techniques used by the great Dutch Masters, you will learn the elements of making believable still lifes through texture, atmosphere, shadow, reflection, perspective, space and more. Sulkowski will show you his secret tips for adding "life" to a painting. Amaze yourself with how quickly and easily you can learn to create your own realistic art.
"No Nonsense Realism: The Portrait" - 70 minutes
The title still says it all. James Sulkowski will teach you the elements of portrait painting, straight forward and with no funny business. Taking techniques used by the great Dutch masters, Sulkowski will take you from a blank canvas to a final oil portrait in just over an hour! Amaze yourself with how quickly and easily you can learn to create your own realistic portraits!