NYC Trip Photos

Highlights from the Hein Academy of Art’s NYC trip are finally posted! Check them out on the school website.


Art Show with Jeff Hein and the Hein Academy

Please join me at the Hein Academy of Art to view two of my latest paintings. This is the only time they will be viewable by the publicbefore being shipped out of the country. The event will start at 5:30PM and end around 10:00PM, on Friday, September 28th, 2012.

We will also be having some other exciting events

First– I (Jeff Hein) and 10 ten students will be doing portraits throughout the night for the 11 highest bidders. Portrait drawings start at 7PM, so have your bids in by then! All others are free to watch. It should be fun!

Second– We will also be raffling off drawings at 9PM!

Why we need your Help
I and 18 students from the Hein Academy of Art have planned an educational trip to New York City where we will learn from the great works of many of the masters of painting and drawing. Your Art purchase will help many of the students afford sleep accommodation and food.
I officially opened the Hein Academy of Art almost 6 years ago and in that time have met and worked with many dedicated students but in recent years the sacrifices that I have seen students making, to fulfill their dreams, has been truly inspiring. I currently have about 30 students. Among them are students who have left their homes in places as far as Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, California and New York. They have traveled this far to dedicate there lives to serious study of art. Others have given up good Jobs, traditional education and social lives. I have seen students go without heat in the winter, unable to afford decent clothes or a winter coat, sell a car to pay bills, get buried in impossible medical bills, cram too many into tiny apartments, live on oatmeal and Raman, and survive on just a few hundred dollars per month. The list goes on and on. These are no ordinary students. They want their dreams bad and they have given up a lot to achieve them. These students are not looking for handouts. They want to earn their way and those of my students that can afford their own way want to work for those that can’t.
Come and enjoy the experience of having your portrait painted or participate in our raffle. You can help a student and get a great deal, or just come see some art and watch 11 portraits being drawn to show your support. Thank you and I hope to see you there.

New Self Portrait by Jeff Hein

This is a new self portrait that Jeff  Hein has painted for the 9th Annual 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition at Art Access in Salt Lake City.  For more information on the fundraiser, please visit their website: 

The Unveiling of Jeff Hein's Painting

The unveiling last Saturday at the personal studio of Jeff Hein, and his latest painting was met with admiration, and comments of its beauty and mastership.  It was a full house, with friends, family, collectors and admirers, enjoying the unveiling, as  you had to carefully squeeze by smiling faces and snippets of conversation and laughter to maneuver thru to Jeff’s painting on display.   I dare say one of the only places that did have room at times, was a respectful distance of a couple of feet, in front of his painting.  People seated near his painting , sat in silence contemplating and admiring, while others took pictures and discussed it up close with friends.  Jeff could be found to be deep in conversation with small groups, explaining his process and painting, or gesturing and talking to individuals throughout the night. 

This painting and its growth and process, was  7 months in the creating, for Jeff Hein.    Many times, visitors and us in the studio, would watch Jeff paint, we would often think that some of the figures in his painting were finished, only to find out surprisingly from Jeff, that to his eye, they were far from being finished and resolved.  To watch this growth over the months was a valuable learning process for both me,  Jeff’s  visitors, readers of the blog, and for the other students in the Hein Academy of Art. 

Thank you all for coming out and sharing the evening with us, it was a pleasure to have spent time with some old friends and wonderful to have met  new ones.

This coming up season of spring and summer are going to see some interesting and exciting blog entries for Jeff Hein and his paintings.  I am looking forward to it, as I know you are! Until then, have a great weekend, and ciao!

Sunlight and Bird Song Amoung the Trees…Inside the Studio.

detail of background and foreground in progress by Jeff Hein

One of the  major additions is all of the foliage and jungle plants added along the top of the painting, and throughout most of the background, foreground and parts of the middle ground on the left side of the painting.  These were painted from life, from the plants brought in specifically for this purpose, with the skylight filtering soft sunshine from overhead.  Jeff is still deciding as to how many layers or times he will go back into these plants.  Most of them have one to two layers on them, as Jeff would painstakingly paint a stroke of dark green, and then change it by either hue or value to continue along the same small leaf.  He has not touched the ground or dirt, and you can see that the foot and arm of the two visible figures are not even started yet.  These body parts will be awaiting a live model session, as Jeff will also be going back into the faces of each of the three figures and adjust color, temperature, form, light and shadow some more. 

We piled into the car for a small field trip today to a local pet shop to find some small South American birds and finches, that Jeff Hein will be drawing and then possibly adding into his painting.  Either way, the Hein Academy now has the pleasant sweet trill of bird song in the background, along with the sunlight coming thru and the jungle trees in a corner, it makes for a very relaxing atmosphere.

A quick note to those interested…Please visit the Hein Academy blog to see a small clip of a facinating lecture and discussion by art historian Micah Christensen.




Soft Sunshine

The post on this blog, and its brother on the Hein Academy Blog , “Archival and Transparent Oils”  are very interrelated today. Mainly because they came from the same conversations revolving around Jeff Hein painting on his large still life painting.

Light and Paint.

So please check both blogs to get both parts.  Enjoy!

While Jeff Hein was working on his still life painting today, I was quite enamored with some of the areas in his painting. It was just beautiful, and still unfinished.

detail of painting in progress by Jeff Hein

I asked if he had worked on those areas since last time I had viewed it, and he said no, it was the light coming in from the sky light that was allowing me to see it clearly for the first time.  That got me thinking about light sources and Jeff’s studio, and what he preferred.

I sat down with Jeff and asked him to tell me about his light sources.  He explained that he had two large sky lights placed at specific spots in the roof.  They were both certain measurements from one another, so that Jeff’s easel, palette, and painting in progress would have the light from one skylight, and his live model would be under the other skylight.  He has this ingenious and handmade lever and pulley system to customize which direction the light is coming in from, and how much of it. The glass on the skylights are not clear to allow a defused soft sunshine in.  Jeff Hein prefers to use natural light when at all possible, and will wait to work on a painting for that special day when the light is at its optimal brightness for some of his projects.

When Jeff  does use lights in his studio he uses a hooded full spectrum HID light.  It allows for great color compared to other lights, but has a tendency to gray down some skin tones to his trained eye, so he has to be aware of that at times and perhaps compensate for it.

He was also telling me that he almost never crosses light sources. In other words, to place his model under natural light and his painting under artificial light.  The only time he would ever do this, and it has to be done with caution because its risky, would be if he wanted to push the warms or cools of the subject on his canvas beyond that which he was looking at. It’s a cool trick to keep the eye from getting used to or adjusting to the colors that you are looking at for extended periods of time.

Another ingenious tip that Jeff was willing to share, was creating the same light as candle light on a model.  He said that when you are taking a picture, to use a candle. However for his paintings which are from life, it sometimes takes countless hours and days, which means a lot of candles. So he would use a light bulb and a piece of highly reflective copper sheeting to bounce the light back on to the models face.  He said nothing else, but the copper, would give him that flame like color and glow to simulate a candles light.

I hope you all enjoyed the blog for today, and learned as much as I did. Have a wonderful weekend, Ciao!