Wisconsin Regional Arts Program

Super excited to be a juror and presenter for the WRAP (Wisconsin Regional Arts Program) on Saturday, May 28th.  I'll be giving a brief portrait painting demonstration.  More info is available here.

Gallery Night

Twice per year the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMOCA) hosts Gallery Night, an event where studios, galleries, and many businesses hang art, put out food, and open their doors to an enthusiastic public.  Being in the center of the arts district in Madison, Winnebago Studios and Atwood Atelier get a lot of traffic.  Here are some pics from last Friday.

Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative

Over the past few months I've been working towards this show, along with a few others.  It has been an honor to invite a number of these people into the studio, to have them sit for us and to get to know them and honor them.  The show will present portraits of people who were once incarcerated, as well activists and people who work with the Wisconsin prison system.  


FACES OF INCARCERATION: Changing the Narrative



Join us April 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At Winnebago Studios Gallery

This art event aims to shift the dialogue around mass incarceration and the perceptions we have about people once or currently caught up in the systemic policies that result in disproportionate incarceration of people of color. 


2046 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI 53703 

Mickey's Tavern will still host images of this show from March 25 through April 30. 

But please join us on April 8 from 5-9 for an event featuring masterfully rendered portraits and touching real stories of people once and currently incarcerated, men and women whose lives represent the thousands of people caught up in the Wisconsin prison system.

Some faces include Jerome Dillard (Dane County Reentry Services Coordinator), Caliph Muab'el (Breaking Barriers Mentoring), Rudy Bankston (Memorial High Community Liaison), Anthony B Cooper (Director of Reentry Services, Nehemiah Center), John Givens (Reentry Services Madison Urban Ministry), Frank Davis (Full-time student), Sabrina Progress Madison (Creator, The Conversation Mixtape), Robert Agnew (Human Resources, Meriter Hospital) and others.

Artists include

 Fikrye Oz, Philip Salamone, Vera Nikiforov, Kyle Martin, Philip Ashby, Molly Bryant, Lucas Biachi, Brigitte Boucher, Trisha Duren, Steven Wysocki.

At 7:00 p.m.,

 Sabrina Progress Madison, Motivational Speaker Socialpreneur Poet, and sister to three incarcerated brothers, will perform spoken word poetry; and Oscar Mireles, Madison's first Latino Poet Laureate will read his works on incarceration.

Music will be

 provided by Soulmen, talented jazz musicians from East High School.

Appetizers and Libation will be served.

A portion of DILLON Gallery profit will benefit families of the incarcerated and organizations that support criminal justice reform. 

The show will hang from March 25 until April 30 at Mickey's Tavern. Opening reception on April 8 at Winnebago Studios.

Invitation images of Jerome Dillard, Frank Davis, Rudy Bankston and Caliph Muab'el painted by Philip Salam

one, Bridette Boucher and Vera Nikiforov.

Beauty and the Beast

We have been working pretty hard for a show that opens this Friday.  "Beauty and the Beast" depicts 12 different artist's depictions of 2 different models.  If you're in Madison, come on out!

Coffee Still Life

A value study is an invaluable tool for mapping out tonal arrangement, and also for seeing the entire composition before embarking on the final painting.  Usually about 1/4 scale, a monochrome value study can also be an opportunity to make some slight alterations to the actual values with the intent of enhancing the feel of the entire painting.

oil painting

Spring Classes

It is such an honor to have my work on the cover of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Continuing Studies catalog for this spring.  

A quick synopsis of some of my classes this spring:

Drawing Fundamentals:  This 6-week class is suited for beginners and experienced artists interested in strengthening their skills through a classical approach to drawing.  Demonstrations, drawing time, and individual critiques focus on the fundamentals of proportion, gesture, abstract shapes, value, and rendering form.  We will also discuss materials and study master drawings to understand their strengths and the techniques and processes employed.

Drawing the Figure:  The human figure is an ideal substrate for the study of many drawing concepts.  This 8-week class covers fundamental concepts such as proportion, gesture, perspective, value, anatomy, figure structure, and light phenomena.  Classes begin with a demonstration and proceed with individual critiques of both short and long poses.  Additional topics include looking at master drawings and in-process works, with a discussion of their strengths, differences, and the procedures employed to create them.

Museum Copying at the Chazen:  Throughout history, artists have understood that to become a skillful, proficient draftsman the copying of master paintings is an invaluable training tool in the development of an artist.  Through imitation and repetition, one is able to better understand how the masters solved the same problems that we as artists are confronted with today.  This is fun class in a very inspiring venue.  

Figure and Portrait Studio - Sunday Morning:  This is an uninstructed class intended to give artists an opportunity to work from the figure in an environment surrounded by a like minded community of artists.  Each artist works in a very different fashion, with a myriad different mediums, approaches, and inspirations.  The class is three hours every Sunday morning under beautiful, north light and offers a variety of models, poses, and lighting.   

Traditional Long Pose Portrait Painting:  Drawing and painting from life presents many challenges not present when working from photography; the portrait presents its own difficulties.  This six week class focuses on a classical approach to portrait painting.  The first two weeks focus on accurate drawing (perspective, proportions, gesture, etc.) and transferring to linen.  Students then work on an imprimatura (wipe-out), followed by an ebauche (underpainting), and finally the final opaque layer.  Other topics to be discussed include color theory, properties of form and light, anatomy, edge control, and good studio practice. 

More information about the UW Madison DCS classes can be found here.

Portrait Painting Workshop with Greg Rodriguez

Portrait Painting Workshop with Greg Rodriguez

November 15 and 16, 2014

9:00 - 4:00

Winnebago Street Studios

This two-day workshop develops the Alla Prima — which means “at once” — method of painting from life. It is a painting style best practiced in a quick (2 to 5 hour) wet-into-wet fashion where each brushstroke counts. Using this approach, artists can develop a better vocabulary of paint and brush handling toward achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate fashion.  Participants will execute 4 paintings throughout the two days, from a range of vantage points using different sitters.  Mr Rodriguez, with 30 years of experience, will demonstrate each day of class as well as offer each student personal critiques and advice.  This workshop is suitable for all levels.

To register for this workshop, or for additional information, please contact Philip Salamone at info@philipsalamone.com.

Location:  Winnebago Street Studios.  2046 Winnebago Street  Madison, WI  53703

Date / Time:  Saturday, November 15th and Sunday, November 16th 2014.   9:00 - 4:00 (60 minute lunch at noon)

Supply List:  


Tuition:  $200   Limited seats available

Portrait Workshop with Eddie Nino

Eddie Nino is a wonderful friend and professional artist.  His knowledge of the subject and ability to explain his process is unparalleled.  

Portrait Workshop with Eddie Nino

Sunday, June 29 2014

9:30 - 4:30

Winnebago Street Studios

Ralph   charcoal   18x24

Kathy   graphite   11x 13

Throughout history, figure drawing and painting has been the centerpiece for the training of young painters and draftsmen.  In this workshop, students of all levels will embark on a comprehensive examination of how to paint or draw the live model.  Depending on the student’s medium of choice, either graphite or oil paints, he or she will gain a better understanding of crucial elements that will maximize the impact of their figure paintings and drawings. The teacher will conduct a step-by-step approach based on the student’s experience and goals, which will allow for better development of both personal vision and proficient technique. Composition, drawing fundamentals, value relationships, color mixing, as well as anatomy will all be covered.  Teacher demonstrations and individual feedback will ensure the student’s understanding of the subject.  The skills learned in this workshop will spark the student’s ability to draw or paint any other subject, whether it be a landscape or a still life, with more ease and fluency.

Eddie's work can be viewed at 


To register for this workshop, or for additional information, please contact Philip Salamone at info@philipsalamone.com.  Questions about the workshop can also be directed to Eddie Nino at eddiecnino1@gmail.com.

Location:  Winnebago Street Studios.  2046 Winnebago Street  Madison, WI  53703

Date / Time:  Sunday, June 29th 2014.   9:30 - 4:30 (30 minute lunch)

Tuition:  $120     Limited seats available

Ice Cave Mural

I recently, with the help of four other wonderful artists, completed a massive 9,600 ft² mural for a software company in Verona, Wisconsin, just outside of Madison.  The project took about 5 months.