August 16, 2009

Do not adjust the color on your monitor!

Well I'm happy to report that I did find people to sit with at lunch (and dinner and even a glass of wine or two) and I think the teacher liked me.... good grades? I'll let you be the judge!

The workshop with Marc Hanson was awesome. He is a great teacher, artist, and all around nice guy. I finally learned those key ingredients that so many other workshops talk about but don't help you understand. Value, shape, color temperature etc.
This week kicked my butt. Lots of hard work, making my brain absorb all this new information...and wouldn't you know after such a cool pleasant summer we get the hottest temps of the summer all week!

So this was day one. We were only allowed to paint in black and white for value studies. It was a bit tricky getting my head wrapped around painting in black and white.

Day 2

Day2 we had to do two b&w value studies - one broken down into 3 values another taking that same breakdown and adding the subtleties to make a finished study.
THEN, we had to do the same thing in color - simplified shapes and values and a more finished painting. It was funny after getting our heads wrapped around the B&W painitngs when it came to color I found myself having to readjust. More concentration on my part to seeing the shapes and values and applying it to color.

We all met again after dinner in town for a session of nocturne painting. Once it finally got dark we set up along the street and proceeded to paint with just a booklight attached to our easel. Unfortunately I misplaced mine and had to set up under a street light. This turned out to be a very yellow light that completely neutralized a lot of my colors so it really was a shot in the dark! Here's my effort. Not great for sure, but it was pretty fun! I also think maybe I should have worn my glasses since I see even less at night!

I'll show more tomorrow.

Thanks for your visit!

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Kristin Grevich said...

HI Deb
I love your work... looks like you had a great time and learned a lot!

Calli said...

Very, nice work Deb!
So happy you had a great time and made some new friends.

Grade: A+


Chuck Dilmore said...

so glad you had a great time, Deb!
i'm sure you were a class star
for many reasons.

cool work!

the nocturne piece
is delightfully haunting...
just begging to be explored, its windows peeked.

looking fwd to more!
peace~ C

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Thanks for your great support y'all!
I do appreciate it very much.