Sunday, July 24, 2011

Coming in August, Painting Workshop...UNDERSTANDING COLOR!!!

The August workshop will concentrate on understanding color. We will dissect the color wheel, work on mixing color, all colors around the color wheel. Everyone will gain color control and deeper understanding of individual pigments. We will work with full strength colors, warm and cool of each primary and learn how to mix them down with compliments. We will learn to mix accurately on location. Artist will learn how to construct a color poster before beginning to paint.
For questions or sign ups, call 360 378 2638. Starts Friday night, 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday out on location on San Juan Island. Dates August 12,13,14 For more info and materials list click here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day Two of Our July Workshop

Mary McCulloch invited us down to paint in her garden on the south end of San Juan Island. We could barely get out of our cars before we all saw dozens of paintings to paint. The second day, everyone felt more comfortable with their materials and able to handle a complex situation by simplifying their viewpoint. We introduced a new technique of laying in the painting initially with black gesso, covering it with transparent glaze, and then working with regular opaque paints. Unfortunately it was a little too cold to for our glazes to dry quickly. We heard a nice talk from Mary about composition and movement in paintings. We introduced the Fauve painters.

The next workshop will be August 12,13,14. The main topic will be color control, understanding color, how to mix it, and how to use color effectively. We will work with our limited palette to mix any color we want. Sign up at Funk & Junk or call 360 378 2638.

Thank you to Marie Di Christina for her great photos of artists holding their fresh paintings.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Photos from our Workshop, Day One

Damp weather didn't wet our spirits, a great day experiencing weather and capturing it in paint. We talked about materials first, what to paint on and what to paint with. We talked about some ideas for travel. Our main focus was to create space and incorporate those ideas into our paintings. We developed compositions, established an idea, did several versions until the idea was simplified into a good painting composition. Many people created a color poster, establishing a color palette. Before we began, we made a lot of decisions, it helped to free us up.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

First Summer Workshop just around the Corner

Good weather has finally arrived and the island is looking good for our summer painting workshop. With this year's late spring, the farmers are just now getting their hay baled. Hopefully we can paint them during the workshop. We are also invited to visit and paint in a gorgeous flower garden of a master gardener and artist here on San Juan for one of our painting days. Call if you would like to join us for this July's summer outdoor painting workshop, Paint the San Juans! 360 378 2638. Starts Friday evening, all day Sat. and Sunday.