Nicolas Uribe has been recently teaching one of The Art Digger workshops at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Madrid. I think I am not wrong if I interpret the general feeling of all those who have had the luck to participate in it as the euphoria of having been part of an unforgettable experience. These things happen very occasionally when a group of talented artists meets with an extraordinary teacher.
We already knew that Nicolas Uribe was an excellent painter and draftsman. In the workshop we have discovered that he is also a good teacher with clear and structured ideas. Best of all, he loves to take the brushes and demonstrate what he explains. And he does it with surprising skill. He is able to retake an oil draft and superimpose quickly an exquisite drawing of sensitive and determined lines, transform it suddenly, giving meaning to the tonal transitions that previously floated due to lack of structure.
The demonstrations, which have been numerous during the workshop, are greatly appreciated because a visual artist learns mostly by seeing. Observing the gestures and movements, the teacher’s interpretation of the living model, the selection and mixing of color and even the way of applying the brushstroke, are all, for the attentive student, more enlightening than any text, however clear and reasoned it may be
At the end of the workshop, despite the fatigue of more than two weeks of intensive work at the London and Madrid courses, Nicolas Uribe was kind enough to have a conversation with me about the workshop and about some important painting topics like, the importance of drawing in good painting, the color palette selection and exercises and the attitude toward working from nature and the use of photography. I hope you enjoy it.