Sunday, September 7, 2008

September Workshop, Day 1

Today we were lucky to visit Deidre's new house in San Juan Valley. We talked about plein air painting, how to approach finding a subject by drawing several thumbnail sketches. Everyone looked around and quickly found numerous possibilities. Some people concentrated on mixing colors, some shook the rust off their painting skills, and others painted for the first time. This was a group with a high level of skill, and everyone took right to plein air painting. We did some color mixing and discovered that in September, the greens of nature have a lot of orange in them. Here's my small demo talking about color mixing, using a mother color, with slight degrees of color variations. Many tried a palette knife for the first time. Thank you Deidre for sharing your new home with us!

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