AUG 8-10: True Color Workshop / Chicago, IL

tim teaching outdoors eJoin Tim for an exciting True Color Workshop August 8, 9 & 10 (Mon., Tues., Wed.) 9:00a-12:00p in Palatine, IL (NW suburb of Chicago). Cost:  $275

Workshop description: Join us for a delightful, fun, engaging, insightful True Color Workshop. Tim has helped open the eyes of hundreds of students to see the beauty of natural color, building on what he learned with Impressionist Henry Hensche. You will be amazed at the colors that you’ve never seen! Working from simple still-life setups, Tim will teach you how to see the colors, mix colors on your palette, create arrangements in your painting to capture the vibrancy, beauty, and excitement that you’ll see in your subjects, and how to tie it all together in your overall composition. Tim will also teach the critical importance of visualizing (and articulating!) your concept before you begin painting, impart tips for better draftsmanship (drawing accuracy). With both group and individual with Tim, you will discover how to achieve a three-dimensional feel in your work through observation of values, color, and edges. Whether you work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, or just want to learn to see and appreciate the colors around you, you are invited to join us for a memorable workshop.

Location/Time: Mon-Tues-Wed AUG 8-10 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We will We will be at the Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Center. The entrance (parking lot) is at 201 S. Plum Grove Rd. (1/4 mile south of Schaumburg Rd.) in Schaumburg. It is part of the Schaumburg Park District. The first morning we will greet you in the parking lot and direct you to the painting location.

Supply list: We will be working outdoors in sun and/or shade. Dress for comfort and sun protection. Wear neutral colors (bright colors reflect unfavorably into your paint surface). For supply list please click here ( All mediums welcome. The True Color Workshop presented and offered by Positive Strokes Art School at 125 W. Colfax St. Palatine, Il. 60067 847 705-7130

Register/more info: Please call us at 847 705-7130 to register or for more information.

View the Positive Strokes School workshop announcement.

About the artist/instructor: Timothy Chambers is a life-long artist, having grown up amidst the scents, dust, and beautiful paintings of his father’s Chicago studio. Exhibiting a passion for drawing, he was trained by his dad, William Chambers, and later with other exemplary artists Cedric Egeli, Joanette Hoffman Egeli, Henry Hensche, Stephen Gjertson, and Richard Lack, all part of the great heritage of American master painters. Solid draftsmanship established him among the world’s best portraitists, and his foray into Impressionism with Henry Hensche sets his colorful landscapes and portraits apart from the crowd.

Few artists are able to marry color and draftsmanship in such a passionate embrace. Tim believes that beyond talent and skill, there are two main ingredients evident in a great work of art: a love for the subject and a joy of heart. A painting without these essentials is a canvas without impact. Tim puts his heart, mind, and hands into his work.

View the Gallery to view Tim’s paintings.

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My Loves

A New Day, 16x16 e

Morning Shenandoah Valley, Appalachian Trail at Bears Den, 24x18in e

Summer Cape 16x16 e

Re: Oil Portraits

Tim’s portraits convey the essence of his subjects. Not only is Tim an excellent draftsman, he takes the time to get to know his subjects, as we all know there is much more to a person than what’s on the surface. When viewing one of Tim’s portraits, the more you look at the portrait, the more you feel you know the person.

Dating back hundreds of years, oil is the traditional standard for portraiture. No other medium captures the richness and depth of a well-executed oil painting. Tim uses archival-quality materials
and time-tested methods in his work. Your portrait will last for many generations to enjoy.

“The portrait is gorgeous! I am blown away by it. It is really, really wonderful, and that is such an understatement.” -C. Saunders, Charleston, SC

“I just wanted to tell you how much I love the portrait. I just cried. It is definitely the best money we ever spent. To be able to capture that innocence forever makes letting Cayla and Joshua grow up a little less painful. I spent all weekend carrying a copy around in my purse and I could not stop peeking at it. I was just so moved by the energy and essence of the painting. It is like time stopped for one spring morning in May when our children were four years old. Tim, thank you.” Eileen S., S.C.

Re: Pastel Portraits

Tim Chambers believes a good painting is the culmination of keen observation, a joyful heart, and vibrant, confident execution. This is evident in Tim’s portraits. His pastel portraits combine
the richness of his oils, but have a delicateness and softness inherent of the pastel medium.

Tim approaches his pastel portraits just as he does oil portraits, both in approach and the integrity of the materials used. His pastels are framed similar to oils (no matting, only a traditional frame), the only difference being pastel is protected by an invisible, reflection-free glass (Tru-Vue AR Glass).

Some have asked if pastel is inferior to oil, or if it will last as long as oil. If you consider that oil paint is essentially pastel mixed with a liquid binder (such as linseed oil), you’ll see that pastel is actually a more pure medium than oil! In fact, when handled protected properly, pastels often retain their vibrancy much more than their oil counterparts, as seen in pastels by the French Impressionists. Tim uses only archival-quality, lightfast pastels and substrates for his paintings.

“Tim… thank you so much for Emilie’s and Colin’s portraits. I think they are amazing! You really captured their essence.” –Jenny

“Tim, The portrait looks great! I am thrilled. Someone came this morning to see Lucy’s portrait. She was extremely impressed. She said it was her favorite pastel she’d ever seen! Thanks so much!” -T.G., Raleigh, NC

Re: Charcoal Portraits

Charcoal is the oldest of drawing mediums, with charcoal portraits proudly hanging in museums throughout the world. “Charcoal is as close as you can get to painting without painting,” says Tim. It’s an amazing medium, lending itself to a very intuitive process. It has a wonderful range of values, and unlike pencil, is at home in the hands of a painter.

“I love how charcoal boils down the portrait its essence, similar to black-and-white photography. Nothing gets in the way of capturing my subject. There is a regality to its raw truth. Charcoal demands the artist's command of drawing."

Like his oils and pastels, Tim’s charcoals are archival-quality, and will last indefinitely with proper care.

“Tim, the portrait is INCREDIBLE. Thank you so much!!!! You really captured our parents.” -Bijan, Virginia

“The portraits of our children are STUNNING!!! I mean totally, completely stunning. WOW! We are so excited about these treasures. Thank you, thank you!” -Catherine G.

Re: Landscapes

"Landscape painting is dessert," says Tim. "It’s pure joy. No restraints, no one to please. Simply respond to the beauty of nature with heart and excitement; hold nothing back."

We all know that it’s more complicated than that. Tim tell's his students that “a good painting is a lot of good decisions.” His paintings’ beauty is a result of God-given talent refined by a lifetime of training and experience.

Tim aims for simplicity in his landscapes, to identify the essential elements. “You’re painting a moving moment. Can you see everything? No, but you do see something. What is it? What one thing sings to your soul here and now? Get that in your heart, in your head, and out through your hands onto the canvas.”

“Tim captured a Virginia evening on canvas for me, and I love the painting! The colors seem to glow.” -L. Paist, Purcellville, VA

Re: Still Lifes

Still-life paintings are like little portraits. I can arrange the elements any way I choose to convey a story. Sometimes the story comes first, and sometimes the players (the objects) make the story. I really enjoy the writing with paint.

The Fruit of the Spirit series is a great story. I read in the bible that the fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance. I’ve seen artists assign a different literal fruit (apple, banana, grapes, etc.) for each Spiritual fruit. But I wanted to see if I could take one fruit and put it in different settings to convey the meaning from Scripture. It has been a rewarding experience ruminating as I paint.

Winter months are ripe for still-life paintings, a respite from the chilling wind. Winter is also a time of reflection, and stiil-life painting is a wonderful medium to articulate those thoughts.

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