Saturday, November 11, 2006

Workshops Continue

hollyhock poppy






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 ...

15 comments:

Brenda Y said...

Oh Lin, I'm SOOO jealous!! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time and your hollyhock is so vibrant - LOVE it!!

Anonymous said...

Lin, this sounds like so much fun! Thanks for letting us go along for the ride. The paintings you started are wonderful. I love the pitcher!

Patti Gramza said...

Lin,
Your sketches are bbbbbbeautiful and the watercolors are deep and shadowy and I love them!!! WOW! You had a great time at your conference and classes and that is all that matters! Super art dear one!HUgs,Patti

wagonized said...

It sounds like a great class. I think filling the page with a huge flower is such a neat way to start! You have some great hues in there. I am thrilled to witness the headway.

Tami said...

Wow, Lin! If you have any little tid-bits of info you care to pass along, you know me, always eager to to learn any way I can!

This vase has a very delicate look to it. You are getting so good with making things look that way! Great Job!!! Enjoy your classes!

Teri C said...

OH MY GOSH, that red flower is out of this world with stunning color. Just fabulous! Love the pitcher also.

You are a great advertisement for these classes.

Laura said...

I'm so glad today has turned out better than your first workshop! The two pieces you posted are smashing, cara! There'll be no stopping you after you finish all of this stimuation and instruction! (Not there is any stopping you now---and who would want to anyway ;D?)

Anonymous said...

Lin -- I'm so happily jealous! They seemed to have a wonderful line-up of classes, and it looks like you are making the absolute best of it. The flower is awesome -- looks like a huge step forward for you! Please, let us know all about what you learn, what you think about the different surface, all that good stuff. It is so beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that poppy does glow, Lin. It's absolutely super! The class sounds wonderful.

I am home and recuping...walking from the blueroom to the bedroom and back three times a day with exercises twice a day, and of course to the potty! PT comes tomorrow, and then I think I begin the real work.

littlemithi said...

Wow! What a gorgeous pappy! Thanks for sharing ...

Tami said...

Linnie, I forgot to say, "I love this Hollyhock/Poppy" the colors are so rich and gorgeous!

Jana Bouc said...

Wow! I'm so excited for you and wish I was there. It seems like you're really stretching and trying new things--I want to hear more about clayboard and what you think of it--and working larger. I bet this workshop will mean a huge leap in your work and maybe lead to some bigger paintings?

Jana Bouc said...

Wow! I'm so excited for you and wish I was there. It seems like you're really stretching and trying new things--I want to hear more about clayboard and what you think of it--and working larger. I bet this workshop will mean a huge leap in your work and maybe lead to some bigger paintings?

Jana Bouc said...

I forgot to say how amazing the drawing on the pitcher is. It's just perfect and looks so beautiful.

Lorraine said...

Love the vase! Great detail and great shape! And you know that I love your "poppies." Just remember that almost all the instructors say that you might not end up with what you started out to achieve -- it might be something different but that's the fun of it and maybe you'll like it more than what you sought. Your "poppy" is gorgeous.

And yes, I think by evening that Betsy was tired and I felt "dropped off" just before I learned what I took the class to learn (landscape in acryllic -- what to do after you do the sky and mountains). I can do the sky and mountains but I get lost after that. Unfortunately I didn't learn what to do which was the whole point. But I'll just keep searching. I have come to realize that perhaps I should have been more assertive and gone up and asked for help. So I blame myself for not doing so.
And now I have a canvas to rework!!!

I did notice a lot of people just brought their own photos and went off on their own while Betsy sat and painted and told stories.
Hugs,
Lorraine