Saturday, November 11, 2006
Mercy -- I'm tired!! Lorraine and I left the house after a leisurely breakfast and several cups of coffee. Stopped at Michael's for a few supplies, then stopped at A.C. Moore's for what Michael's didn't have. By then it was lunchtime and we had a great lunch at Sweet Tomatoes .... YUM!! And FINALLY made it to Art Space in downtown Raleigh. This spacious converted building hosts quite a number of artists' studios -- and we were able to visit and chat with many of the working artists. From quilts to felting, watercolor to collage, abstract to mixed media -- what eye candy!!!
After we glutted ourselves with ideas and inspiration, we headed back to the host hotel for Art in the Carolinas. Lorraine had the same instructor for her class tonight as I did yesterday -- with much of the same lack of instruction and too much of the artist doing her own painting. Disappointing.
I had a class with Karen Vernon (http://www.karenvernon.com) -- a FABULOUS instructor -- on watercolor and how to the color glow. We began a large (18" x 12" -- approx) flower painting on clayboard -- new to me -- we traced our flowers -- and then the lessons began ..everything from how to make good values, how to darken colors without getting mud (my workshop with her tomorrow is all about color and achieving DARK values!), glazing, etc., etc. She TAUGHT, gave us notes, individual attention and guidance, encouragement .. and it was wonderful! Of course, I didn't get far with my painting .. rarely do in a workshop ... but here is a part of it. The flowers are supposed to be hollyhocks -- but for mine thusfar look like poppies ...!! More work here.
I also began redoing yesterday's sketch ... did the sketch and first several washes ... but that too is unfinished. I'll have to post these later in the week. So for today, I'm posting the vase I sketched earlier this week of Rebecca's pitcher.
I have two classes tomorrow -- from early morning until dinner ... so I'll be back to answering mail and checking blogs late Monday ...