-By Howard Lyon

I am excited to announce that Dan dos Santos and I will be conducting a workshop together in November. The workshop is titled The Illustrative Portrait.  It will be held in my studio in American Fork, Utah. Workshop space will be limited to 12 students. Please share with those that you think might be interested and able to attend.

Here is the workshop brief:

Since the beginning of painting, portraiture has captured the attention and imagination of viewers from all backgrounds. A portrait is not just a depiction of the subject, but of the artist as well. It can capture a moment in time, or a whole era. It can elicit an idea, or an emotion. When done masterfully, a great portrait can leave an impression on the viewer that will last a lifetime.

Instructors Dan dos Santos and Howard Lyon will discuss and demonstrate how to create a compelling portrait using composition, color and shape to express ideas, emotion and story. The workshop will be comprised of a series of lectures, demos and hands-on instruction. The goal of the workshop is to elevate a simple portrait into an evocative illustration that will captivate your audience.


Participants will create their own paintings over the course of the workshop. With the help of the instructors, they will develop their concepts through thumbnails, then progress to sketches, photoshoot, color study, final drawing and then the finished painting.

This 5 Day workshop is open to students of all skill levels, though a solid understanding of drawing is highly recommended. Students will provide materials needed for drawing, note taking and painting. A suggested supply list will be sent out upon registration. Easels, studio space and model fees are included in the workshop price.

I am really looking forward to this workshop.  I think it is going to be 5 days full of great sharing and learning.  I hope to see some Muddy Colors friends in the class!

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray