1999 Satisfying the Soul: An Interview with Michael Newberry
2003 Michael Newberry on Art and Inspiration
CIA Weaponizing Abstract Art and Its Fallout
My Sketch of Rembrandt’s Portrait of His Son Titus
A little sketch of Rembrandt’s portrait of his son at the Norton Simon museum. I drew it standing in a throng of people with sketchbook in my left hand and pen in my right. I think the wobbliness is cool!
Finished Chapter 2 Part Two The Nude
Ep. 4, Influences Vermeer to Michelangelo
Newberry discusses the influences of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo in his current work in progress.
Ep. 1 Spatial Depth
Workshop Series: Composition!
Newberry Art Tutorials
Some Guidelines For Great Compositons
In my workshops students have plenty of time to compose the work, the line drawing set up before painting begins. The following tutorials show techniques you can focus on as you map out the painting’s composition.
Composition in One Easy Lesson
The lesson in three words: Make interesting corners. In this tutorial I show how some of greatest artists of composition, Vermeer, Cezanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, and Velazquez make fascinating shapes and lighting in the corners. It is a very simple way to get the most out of your composition without having to remember a million rules!
Abstraction in Representational Art
Though this tutorial is not strictly about composition it will be helpful to see how one can organize abstract shapes in a compositional way. Using Rembrandt, Kline, and Monet I show how they group things into broader abstract shapes. This is an extremely powerful technique that gives the viewer an epic journey through the big picture.
True Lies Warp Negative Space
A very surreal artist’s perspective but indispensable to give life to your painting is accenting the negative spaces of things. I go into detail showing how Monet, Rembrandt, Vermeer, myself, and William Wray manipulate negative space to create a sense of movement in the painting. If you can take a few seconds, while composing, to check the negative spaces it will add tremendously to making a powerful painting.
Pushing the Composition Envelope, Melissa Hefferlin Still Lifes
This is a very helpful article on how Picasso and Hefferlin arrange their compositions, and how Melissa manages to do so in a realistic way.
When you are taking a workshop with me you don’t have to hold all this info in your head, that is my job, but it is good to read up on these tutorials. I hope you enjoy them and I guarantee you that adding them to your technique will feel great and raise your art up a few levels.
For more about studying with me please introduce yourself and your work via email, mtnewberry at gmail dot com.