I recently shared how using a kitchen timer changed the way I work on OutdoorPainter.com. My quick start method helped me to more quickly be in the zone and capture my first impression before it got away.
A few fun things happen when working in this way too. Because I'm in a bit of a rush, I don't overmix the paint on the palette and end up with variety in color and brushstrokes on the painting. The mix of washes, drips and scumbled texture helps keep me from getting too tight later on. Its a great exercise and I encourage you to play with the idea - read my "how to" on Outdoorpainter.com.
Last week I did two demo paintings for different art groups here in Austin. The one from life was supposed to be outside in Zilker Botanical Gardens, but the weather didn't cooperate. The model was kind enough to sit in the chilly window ledge so we had the illusion of outdoors and the soft lighting of an overcast sky. When I work with a model, I prefer they sit naturally. I've done enough life drawing and painting from models who look sleepy and unnatural. I encourage the models to talk or read a book. I'm ok with a little movement. I have an impressionist approach so it works for me.
The beach scene I did to demonstrate my quick start technique and impressionist style to a group of artists working in many different mediums. I am quite pleased with where the figures are now. They really don't need much more. But I do plan to reduce the sort of neopolitan ice cream look of the overall canvas. ;-)
Just before Christmas I had a surprise invite from Quang Ho to attend a workshop he threw together for January in Pasadena. It was an opportunity I could not pass up. I'd been wanting to work with him for years but he isn't teaching much anymore. Though his videos are an excellent resource as well, and having watched them, I was somewhat prepared for his style and methods. Quang is so well-read and thoughtful. He truly is a master artist. He can put a painting together so poetically. And he can explain how and why.
Making it work for myself though... that will take many more years. ;-)
I've put together some photos from my trip below. I got in on Thursday with time to explore the area and I have to say, I am proud of myself for navigating over to the coast and back through Hollywood and Beverly Hills to make it to the observatory for sunset. I'll show you my work during the workshop in the coming days.
A little backstory: Before I moved to Texas in 1995, I lived in South Carolina - in the Piedmont or Upstate. My parents lived there too and while I was in college still, they lived outside Charleston for awhile so technically, I did too. We moved around a lot and most of my young life was spent in the mid south - Tennessee, Virginia, and SC. My sister is older and stayed in Ohio when we left the area in high school. My folks continued to move after I moved to Austin and they moved to Georgia and then Florida. So our connections to the south eastern coast are real. We've all had an affinity for the area and the beach. So this is a really wonderful thing for our family and I can't wait to deepen our connection to the Palmetto State!
Remember, we are hosting a "wet paintings" exhibit this weekend at our satellite studio - "Coast to Coast" - featuring paintings done on both the Texas coast by V... Vaughan and the east coast by me! If you are local, please come say hi. We will will painting, talking, demonstrating everything from painting to mounting paintings on paper, and be available for any questions you might have! August 11-13 daily from 10 am - 6 pm. 11301 Lakeline Blvd. Ste. 110.
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