Monday, November 12, 2007

Karlyn Holman Workshop - French Window

I was priviledged to be able to spend an entire day with Karlyn and even more thrilled to spend the time painting images I love -- windows and doors! We again practiced the shadows first and glazing methods -- and I truly appreciated the reinforcement of these lessons. I drove home afterward NOTICiNG shadows I never SAW before! And oh, what a difference they make!

Again, Karlyn (http://www.karlynholman.com) provided us with sketches on watercolor paper. We were told that she reproduced these drawings from a laser printer on Strathmore Aquarius 2 80# paper -- the only paper she found that would hold the toner and set it so that she could easily reproduce enough drawings for her students without fear of toner smears. I do believe she also mentioned that it was archival. I have to admit that with all the water used on this paper, it never buckled and took the paint well. The only drawback I found was that it was difficult to remove the paint once it set -- but other than that -- it worked beautifully!

We again used Karlyn's favorite colors for shadows - cobalt blue for those shadows later to be glazed in orange or remaining white, and Permanent Magenta for those shadows to be glazed in yellow -- again emphasizing the complimentary colors for shadows and glazing to emphasize the transparency of the colors.

Karlyn's generosity is notable, too ... her workshop was sponsored by Winsor Newton and we each received a portable palette (I can't recall who sponsored those but they're wonderful) filled with the colors she used for the paintings, a photo reference, paper and print to work on, a print of her painting AND a matboard and mat and sleeve for our work! AND the inexpensive Oriental brush that she uses to throw the paint! Her enthusiasm and ENJOYMENT of what we does was absolutely INFECTIOUS!

I honestly do not get a commission or anything else from these comments other than sharing the joy and excitement she brought to our workshop! LOL I can't recommend a class by her highly enough!

More to come ...

8 comments:

Desiree said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. I love your painting, it sounds like a wonderful workshop. Congrats on your work! You should get a commission, this is some great advertising for her!

Lorraine said...

This painting is just glorious Lin. I looked at it very carefully and saw shadows I probably wouldn't have if you hadn't talked about how you painted it! You are learning so many wonderful techniques. I'm glad the classes have been so fruitful for you -- although I didn't think you could improve on your already wonderful paintings!
Hugs,
Lorraine

Genine said...

Absolutely beautiful Lin!!Love the detail,shadow from the greenery, wood texture.

Love it all!

shirley said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love buildings and doors and windows as much as you do - and love your shared work!

Linda said...

Permanent magenta --check! now it's on the shopping list...
Fantastic painting, Lin! And don't you love it when you learn something that leaves you feeling like you've made a giant LEAP in your head!!!

wagonized said...

The shadows on the shutters -- and the leaves above! This is a beautiful composition, and what a skilled use of colors, Lin!

Jana Bouc said...

Thanks for sharing the information about printing on watercolor paper. Very interesting. And the painting is fantastic! What a weekend! Congratulations!

Marie-Dom said...

This is lovely and the shadows really bring the window alive. You are so lucky to get to do these wonderful workshops.
MD
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