Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sisters By The Sea Numero Dos
In many of my workshops, we start out with my contour drawing that I make copies of and have my students transfer to their watercolor paper or canvas using Saral art transfer paper. My emphases is on painting technique and color mixing, not drawing. Last Saturday's acrylic landscape wrkshp. was the "Sisters By The Sea Sanctuary". Not only are my workshops part of my revenue stream (thought I'd throw in a little business speak), but they allow me a great opportunity to do multiple studies. I do a painting, whether portrait, still life, landscape, or abstract before my workshop in order to work out how I am going to teach. Then at the workshop, I do the painting again as my students follow my a step-by-step painting sequence. The final paintings either go to my galleries or end up in my annual holiday studio sale in December. So here is my workshop iteration that I believe is an improvement on my first painting. I like the softer middle and backgrounds, the less fussy ochre field, and the less fussy yet more dramatic (in terms of light against dark tones) foreground. Overall this painting has more depth, because the middle and backgrounds are lighter and less rendered as compared to the foreground fence and brambles.