• October 15, 2018 - October 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Studio in the Park



2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816, United States

The main facility for the Art Guild of Louisiana is the Studio in the Park. This BREC building is located in Cedarcrest Park in Baton

Workshop Coordinator

Betty Gravois, elizabethgravois@gmail.com, 732-216-1095


“The light is what makes something [paintings] very special or just forgettable.” says Bill Farnsworth. Award winning oil painter Bill Farnsworth brings his 30+ years of experience from Florida to Baton Rouge in a workshop. Value, one of the seven elements of art is what makes us see what we see; the lightness and darkness of a object is what makes it visible … or not. “The Value of 3 Values” addresses this significant element. Bill and workshop participants will paint together as he demonstrates his winning techniques of bringing that “light” and “life” to paintings.

About Bill Farnsworth

Bill Farnsworth was an artist from the start. First drawing on walls, then Design paper as a boy, he never left his love of drawing and art. He graduated from the Ringling School of Art with a certificate in Illustration, but admits to being primarily self-taught. His art career has spanned decades, and has supported his family with his illustrations and oil paintings.

Bill’s best inspiration is traveling and painting en plein air. The effects of the light in different areas and the experience of painting outside bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and insight to his work. As he states, “setting up an easel and painting direct from life gives you a great deal of inspiration during those two hours.” His work has been influenced early on by Bernie Fuchs, Norman Rockwell and NC Wyeth, and later by Richard Schmid, Sargent and Zorn, as evidenced by the loose brushwork and impressionistic nature of his current work.

Painting in oil, he finds that his process varies from one painting to the next. Although he prefers to paint en plein air, he may use photo reference. From the photo he creates a small study to determine if the composition will work as a larger painting, or he may only work from his plein air field studies. In order to keep his original concept in mind, he will often title his work before starting the painting.

His palette consists of Titanium white, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Sevre blue, Viridian, Italian pink, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium red deep, Cadmium red light, Alizarin orange, Yellow ochre, Cadmium yellow light and Ivory black. His supports are handmade panels created from linen mounted on gatorboard, and his brushes are mainly Richeson Signature and Rosemary.

Bill states that his greatest accomplishment is his “contribution to illustration and fine art with a sincere empathy toward (his) subject.” His instruction and workshops have helped and encouraged many other artists during his career, and led these artists to greater breakthroughs in their work.

Bill’s words of wisdom are often repeated in these pages: “Paint for yourself”. This is a recurring theme, that painting for a show, a market, or just to be ‘different’ doesn’t always give the artist the inner satisfaction nor success that painting with an “honest intent” provides.

Bill Farnsworth is represented by The Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL; Dabbert Gallery, Sarasota, FL; Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA; Reinert Fine Art, Blowing Rock, NC; Mountain Mist Gallery, Cashiers, NC; and the Patricia Hutton Gallery, Doylestown, PA.

To see more of Bill’s work, visit his website at www.billfarnsworth.com.

Previous comes from NOAPS – An Alliance of Exceptional Artists Showcasing Outstanding Works of Art in Oil & Acrylic.