This workshop will explore how the figure interacts with its environment. We will look at the big picture and at the spatial relationships that situate a figure in its context. We will discuss how the figure can either function as the focal point or be subdued to fit within an overarching motif. Working from observation in oils, we will make small painted studies to hone in on composition, and then work on one larger painting over the 3 days. Focus will be placed on finding accurate value and color relationships that build a complete image. The course will be taught through lecture, demonstration and individual critique.