Floral assignment from the workshop
Last week, I attended a 3 day painting workshop by Master oil painter Neil Patterson. I am still digesting all I learned. Neil paints loose and colourful, something I am trying to achieve with my work.
In 3 days, I "produced" 14 painting studies. All were painted with acrylic paint except the last 2 - I decided to try oils again - I'll be sticking with acrylics for the time being! I'll go into more detail on this and other things in my next post. Right now I just want to share with you some of my studies! REMEMBER - they are studies...These are ones I'll likely keep for awhile...I've already got 7 of them that are "refuse and recycleables"!
Most of the paintings were 16X20 or 9X12, much larger than what I normally paint. To give you an idea of how fast I painted and the size relationship of what I usually paint, look below -
My apple painting is 6x6 in. The floral is 16X20. About 8 or 9 times bigger! I may not paint larger YET, but I will certianly loosen up my brushtrokes. The other thing I learned is the advantages of painting on a dark surface, rather than a bare white canvas. The darks are there for you already...you just need to paint the light! Easier said than done...it still takes practice!
We all started with a black "ground" on the canvas. Just the canvas painted black.
My first attempt...pretty dark and undefined...
A close up of my first painting...notice that the paint is fairly thin...you can see the grain of the canvas.
A study done with only yellow, orange, red and white...no other colours allowed (on a canvas painted black)
This painting was done on the 2nd day, mostly with a palette knife, thicker paint and no blue allowed!
This is a close up detail of the above painting's sky on the left...notice the thicker paint!
This was one of the last paintings I did at the workshop. This one is done with oil paint. I found painting with oils a challenge...
Close up detail of the REALLY thick paint I could get with the oils!
I also have a couple images from the weekend of the Opus Plein Air Challenge. Its sure was a challenge...trying to find something interesting to paint, setting up outside, composing, painting within the time limit and finishing up. A great experience, but full of annoyances!. The canvas we were given was 16X20, too big for my light plein air easel and ME...I had to lug my full size french easel around...so I didn't go far from where I parked. I wanted to paint an urban cafe scene....I was not very pleased with my result (canvas too big, paints dried too fast, ...Oh I could go on...) BUT I did enjoy it, will do more of it. I will NOT paint this large outside ...and I may use oils outside...not acrylics....they dry too fast!
Next post I will highlight a couple important things I learned from both of these painting experiences. AND I will come up with a new theme for the month of May! Stay tuned!
"Green Apple I" acrylic on masonite panel 6x6 in. $60
Okay...I have diverted a bit from my farm animal theme...I HAD to do the Daily Paint Works weekly challenge last week so I sat down one day and painted an apple. The challenge was to REALLy look at the lights and darks (values) and with minimal brushstrokes, just get it down...Still life is one of THE best ways to really learn to paint...
So a Granny Smith was all the fruit I had as I rummaged through the kitchen..And this was the result. I used a masonite board primed with white gesso (3 coats) and then I brushed a coat of lamp black acrylic paint all over as a dark ground. I set up the apple on a small table on my work desk with my light coming from the right. I like it!
"Colourful Alarm Clock Two" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 12x12 in. $150
I've had this guy sitting around for awhile and I finally decided to finish him. He's a much larger version of the 6X6 in. painting I did earlier in March.
"Abandoned - Where to now?"
Serendipity struck on Wednesday. I was volunteering for my monthly shift at the Lake Country Public Art Gallery. The day before I had read an art marketing article about how important it is for artists to be present in galleries that represent them. Two gentlemen came in early on and chatted with me while they viewed the artwork. They wanted to know which painting was mine...the member's juried show was still on and I showed them the painting at the right. Well they loved it so much they bought it! They are artists themselves and were visiting from Sedona, AZ! So my Forgan wagon from Mrs. Sonmor's old place is going to have a home in the states!
If you are in town, don't forget the Junk Yard Joe's Exhibit at New Moon Gallery in West Kelowna. The opening night is April 21st from 6:30 to 9:00. Come see the interesting artworks from this challenge. The exhibit runs from April 21st to May 5th. My work is one of many and Linda, the gallery owner, used my piece as one of the promo pieces for the opening night poster!