I LOVE to see artst’s studios. How does their world work? I know in my studio I am always out of paper towels. Are they? In this third part of this new series for Artisphere Online, we have another great of the field, William Cochran. Here is a peek into his chaos or lack of (man is his studio neat)! Hope you get a kick out of it the way I do.
I love decorative painting classes. Classes are where we learn fresh new techniques and products, where we meet other artists, where we pass on and share our experiences, where we make new friends, where we get to create and learn uninterrupted by life’s responsibilities, where we have one-on-one interaction with world class teachers, where we grow as artists, and where we get our batteries recharged. Classes are the life blood of our industry. Classes are where we connect.
At this years annual convention in Hampton, Va we have schedule a very unique set of lectures for your enjoyment. In this broad series we will provide topics such as Tromp l’oeil, Decorative Concrete, The History of Fresco, Furniture as your canvas and PDCA standards that will save you money. This selection of speakers include WIlliam Cochran, Ilia Annosov, Bob Cusumano, Joe Primavera and Amy Howard.
For years I have been fascinated by artistic illusion, by painted images in the streetscape that appear so real that it takes time for viewers to realize they are seeing a painting and not part of reality. This challenging form of art is called trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”). It is a method of reproducing a subject so faithfully with paint that the eye is deceived into seeing three dimensions on a two dimensional surface.
William Cochran has been a professional muralist and public artist for more than 20 years, creating landmark public artworks in paint, glass, masonry, and light. These works explore local history and the meaning of place in ways that illuminate common ground. He has worked with many artists and teaches painting workshops for the decorative and mural painting field, focusing on trompe l’oeil as a discipline that strengthens the skill and range of painters of all kinds. Sheri Hoeger, director of Big Oak Arts school called him “a naturally gifted teacher . . . patient, articulate, organized. It doesn’t get any better than this.”