I waited until the last minute to decide, but I attended Derek Penix's workshop hosted by Qiang Huang here in Austin last weekend. I'm glad I did it, though this particular weekend was really busy.
Derek is a fun teacher - and he explains things well and shares a lot. I, like many artists, always want to loosen up - to be more expressive. Well that isn't easy to achieve. There is a lot of mental work that goes into painting and one has to constantly ask questions; how does this value work against that one? how are my shapes? where do I put a highlight? a dark accent? Color choices, texture, values, edges... oh, the challenge of edges! There are so many things to think about. Over time, I think some of those answers become instinctual, but the process of painting is ever evolving as our skills grow and our tastes change. Its important to keep working - even through rough times - and also to find a teacher who has the skill set that can help you reach the next level. There are still things that I am working on mentally but not able to fully realize yet. But for now, I am enjoying my usual subject matter create with a little more energy and expression thanks to two brilliant teachers this year. That is enough to keep me busy awhile!
We are teaching again! A month long drawing study course. Join V....Vaughan and I at Joel's Coffee House on Monday nights for 2 hours of intensive drawing study. We will work in depth with perspective, values and line. Drawing skills are foundational to all art forms. If you can accurately depict what you see, adding color, sculpting form, and creating depth and dimension are easy.
This morning I went to another Austin Palette Club meeting to do a little teaching. I set up a few items on a table and talked them through starting a painting.
We reviewed principles such as working dark to light, thin to thick, and seeing big masses and shapes of color to block in the start. Many are watercolorists though and my dark thin start is a totally opposite approach.
I really appreciate the fact that they wanted to host me again. I hope I inspired them to try oils.
Lately I feel like a gypsy. I have a bag packed and am in and out of the car traveling with paints all over. Next stop Denver for the American Impressionist Society show.
This was our Wednesday night opening demo. I did a figure from a photo - from a session when we painted a model at Joel's. I thought it would be helpful, as we planned to work from a model there during the workshop. I really enjoyed teaching but it was a definite challenge. It was great working alongside V....Vaughan and learning from her. She has been teaching for a long time and communicates so well. I hope to reach that level of comfort and skill. I have a hard time getting what's in my head out!
I will be finishing up this start along with some others I have waiting. Its a good week to work on finalizing work as we will soon be going on vacation.
The good ole summer time. Chores that are not so disagreeable if the timing is right. Flowers, birdsong, fresh air and sunshine!
14x11 oil on panel
There is still some room in my upcoming workshop - Line Meets Light. Next week (June 18-21) we will practice with models, inside and out, capturing gesture, working on quick drawing skills and expressive brushwork!
As you know, V....Vaughan is a wonderful artist and a very dear friend and mentor. We've had a joint show, we travel together, we get together weekly for chocolates and chat, to paint, sketch, critique, and talk about the business of art.
Now we've decided to teach together. Using similar approaches to capturing life, we will share with you our techniques for capturing light and life from an early morning sunrise to live model arrangements.
The goal is to teach you to capture light and gesture focusing on the "start" of your painting. Wednesday evening we begin with a demo and talk at our satellite studio, Joel's Coffee House. More details.
Date: June 18-21
Cost: $400 (including lunches and model fees)
Location: Joel's Coffee House and outdoor spaces tba
Email me to register.
A Painter's Journal
Chasing the light. Capturing life.
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