David Lane - Loft# 201

Artist Statement

David Lane almost always works directly from life, and is concerned with creating work with atmosphere that evokes a mood, depicts a visual impression, or captures a fleeting moment in time.

Artist Biography

David Lane has studied with well known Berkshire landscape painter John MacDonald and internationally known color-theorist Dan Thompson at The Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City. In July of 2006, David started his blog, Porchlight Paintings to connect with like minded artists and collectors from around the world. Since then, his small scale paintings have allowed him to practice classical technique and develop a naturalistic style that has become a signature element of his paintings.

David teaches regularly at Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, the Clark Art Institute, and this summer is offering weeklong workshops in Plein Air Painting, Mask Making, and Drawing in his studio in the Eclipse Mill. His art has been featured in Berkshire Living Magazine and the North Adams Transcript and he recently created 2 giant koi puppets for the Clark Art Institute which can be seen on the cover of their summer calendar guide. David holds a BFA from the University of Calgary and an MFA in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and when he's not painting, David can be found teaching acting and directing at the University at Albany.

Artist News

Painting in the Classical Tradition, Fall 2011
Porchlight Studio, Eclipse Mill
Mondays, Oct. 17 through Dec. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (8 weeks)
Tuition: $20 per evening / $25 per evening with materials
Instructor: David Lane
Level: Novice to Intermediate

Keep your drawing and painting skills fresh. Drop in for a couple of evenings or attend them all. Demonstrations, instruction and exercises will focus on classical realism techniques with an emphasis on observation, and working from life. Work in the medium of your choice: Charcoal, graphite, oils, acrylic or watercolor.

Essential topics for study will include:
Value, form, massing, reductive techniques, observing the dynamics of light and shadow, atmospheric space, mood, composition, harmonics, value, color mixing, edges, tools & materials, and application techniques (glazing, underpainting, scumbling).

This class will be held at the Eclipse Mill, 243 Union Street, loft #201, North Adams.

For further information and to register for classes, contact David Lane, Instructor, at dlane@porchlightpaintings.com or call the studio at 413-662-2769.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

  • 243 Union Street,
    # 201
    North Adams, MA 01247

Phone Number

  • 413-662-2769

Email Address


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