Friday, November 21, 2008

Poppies - Karlyn Holman Workshop

Alas, the final painting from Karlyn's incredible set of workshops.

The techniques used here were the same as those used for the sunflower -- finding a path of light, free splashing of colors around the path of light, bits of unryu paper added to those washes to help darken areas, color sanding to connect the areas around the path of light. When dry, drawing my image INTO the path of light, then using negative painting, darkening those areas to make the lights 'pop'. More painting - light against dark, dark against light, the addition of pieces of stamped unryu paper. Fun, spontaneous, a bit of abstraction and a bit of realism. I am so excited to know that her new book (due out next year) will focus particularly on these types of techniques. Can't wait!!

Like any vacation, the end of the Art of the Carolinas this year was even more diffiult to leave --- some of the folks who, like me, took multiple classes from Karlyn, became friends and wished for more time to play and explore, paint and as an essential part of her classes, laugh and have a really good time. Since so many of her workshop participants came from all over the country, I'm imagining we'll see one another NEXT November when Karlyn returns to Raleigh for next year's event. I'll bet her classes sell out even more quickly next year -- just as they did this year.

We're supposed to have light snow flurries this morning -- fall turning into winter. I am still dazed that next week is Thanksgiving week and I'm just THINKING of a menu! Geez, it'll be Christmas before I even think of decorating!!

Better get crackin'!

12 comments:

Shirley said...

These are just gorgeous and I too will watch for her book. Thanks for sharing the techniques with all of us. I will see if she has a website.

Patti G. said...

Lin, your poppies came out fantastic!!!!!!! And I love the piece below too, from last year! Just beautiful my friend!
Hugs,Patti

squawmama said...

Wow... I love the poppies they just jump right out to you... sounds really cold up there.. Have fun planning your menu... We have ours planned just need to get to the store to buy the stuff...

Have a good one today
(((HUGS)))
Donna

Teri C said...

You are her best advertisement Lin! All these paintings are gorgeous!

Teresa said...

I love the "path of light" idea behind your new paintings! Thanks for sharing some of the techniques... though I'll be stumbling around in the dark I think I'll try it in an upcoming painting. Sorry Lin, but I just have to say it.... I LOVE this cold weather! LOL!!!! Looking forward to hot coffee with you after Christmas :-)

Sandy said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning , these could be in a lesson book! I will look her up!

Anonymous said...

Oh no another book!!! LOL
This is really an interesting concept and one you have taken to with ease it appears! Another lovely one Lin. We had snow last night and it was still around until the sunshine found it late morning.
Hugs,
Lorraine

Linda said...

Ah.. the foreground especially on this one just made me smile and smile. Beautiful work!

Desiree said...

Wow, Lin this is really amazing, I love it. I will have to get her book and look for a workshop also! What fun it looks like you had.

laureline said...

I just saw this on Flickr and was blown away! These workshops have pushed you to a whole new level---amazing!!
May I make a suggestion, cara? I think that the green background on your blog does not display your work to its best advantage---the painting surrounded by white on the Flickr is so stunning. Here the dominant green of the webpage dulls it a bit--anyway, that is just my (unasked for ;D) opinion. It is beautiful no matter what.

Felicity said...

Lin, this is glorious! It's amazing to watch your creative journey!!

Jona said...

I'm in dreamland. This is spectacular!