Trompe-l'œil: Painting Leaves Realistically | Hobie Porter Bienarté

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Trompe-l'œil: Painting Leaves Realistically | Hobie Porter

Trompe-l'œil: Painting Leaves Realistically | Hobie Porter

About this workshop

Trompe-l’œil is a French painting genre, translating as “deception of the eye”. The workshop is about deceiving your audience into believing that the object you have painted is real. Oil painting is a perfect medium for Trompe-l’œil due to its lush material properties and its tendency to remain open for longer than other mediums - thus you can spend time finessing your work and building richly layered paint films. You can achieve a remarkable range of subtle contrasts with oil paint; it is a medium conducive to nuance.

Your task will be to select some dry/semi-dry leaves, bring them into the studio and then paint them so convincingly that your audience believes you have merely tacked them onto your canvas, thus anticipating the question: “Are you going to leave them stuck on like that?” Such a question will be your ultimate compliment!

What will I learn?

How to paint leaves to make them look like they’re stuck on.
Gain insight into Hobie’s method of accurately mixing the colour that you see - every time. No more guesswork, no more mystery.
Learn about how to make shadows look rich and believable.
Learn how to build your oil paint up slowly in layers and produce lush colours.

Who is this course suitable for?

Suitable for all levels

What do I need to bring?

Please refer to the Materials List below:


Canvases are available for sale from Bienarté.

What is provided?

  • Easels, tables and chairs.
  • Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
  • A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
  • Connection to the Bienarté art community

About the Tutor

Hobie Porter is a contemporary landscape painter focused on place and environment.
He lives & works in the Tweed Valley, North-Eastern NSW. His most recent exhibition, Sydney: A Saltwater Perspective (2019) was shown at Arthouse Gallery, Sydney and revealed the importance of the local botany to indigenous people of the region. Hobie has recently curated a retrospective exhibition of the last ten years of his work at Bundaberg Regional Gallery titled Hobie Porter: The last Decade (2018).

His work has been selected for a number of survey exhibitions, including The North Head Project (2017) Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Assemble | Disassemble (2015) Caboolture Regional Gallery and The New Arcadia (2011) Lismore Regional Gallery, among others. Hobie is a Henry Lawson Scholarship recipient, holding a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) with Honours (Contemporary Art) and a Graduate Diploma of Education. Hobie has been exhibiting regularly since 2004 and teaches painting at the North Coast Institute of TAFE. Hobie is represented by Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne and Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.