Tuesday, May 30, 2017
After lunch we all set up to paint, I was determined to get a completed painting. I did not work on a oil primed panel, I had brought some linen panels that were acrylic primed and I'm comfortable with those. With such a small group he was very available to offer help. The sun of course went in so we were dealing with cool light and warm shadows. I painted this grouping of trees with the fallen tree in the middle, came out ok. I felt a little better about things. You would like the teacher to think you are capable of painting something, anything, lol.
Thoughts about the workshop. It was expensive, $900 for three days but with the small group I felt it was worth it.
Paint with purpose
Lay down correct strokes
Start thin and transparent
Be excited about your subject
I plan to review my notes over and over and work on things. I painted out today and started with transparent colors and told myself to slow down. No regrets, it was a great experience.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Mark set up next to the water and today he blocked in his whole canvas with thin transparent washes again. He would lay down a color for a rock and wipe most of it off. He loves the idea of creating something out of very little paint. I have to say his gray washes did feel like rocks. I was so appreciative of where I was and of course just being co close to Mark while he worked. I joked we are Mark groupies soaking it all up, even gasping sometimes at small changes in the painting, if your an artist you will understand I know.
Mark has a YouTube video where you can watch a speeded up scene of him painting something similar to this. Just enter Mark Boedges in the search bar.
He makes every stroke count, no mindless painting. I would frequently see him mix a color and then wipe it in his palette knife as it wasn't exactly what he wanted. As I mentioned yesterday he normally doesn't finish a painting on location. If you keep up with him you may know he has competed in plein air competitions around the country. He said at first he felt it was helpful and then as time went along he felt it was hurting him. He worked until noon, looked finished to me but the painting is shown here and he worked on it that night and framed it, one of the workshop participants bought it.
We sat up to paint after lunch and my plan was to paint the scene Mark had painted. I struggled with those slick panels and my paint did not set up with the medium, I could have wiped it back to the white canvas even at the end. Excuses, right? Lol. Anyway I blocked mine in and my rocks didn't feel right to me, this isn't a scene I ever get to paint and I was really out of my comfort zone. I set it aside and blocked in a different simpler scene. Really aggravating, I always say it's a bonus to come home with a decent painting from a workshop but it sure feels good if you do. More soon.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Day 1, we met out under a shelter on the first day as it rained all day and never made it up to 50*, it really crept into you, brrr. Each day Mark would demo up until noon when we broke for lunch. He uses Turp when he paints outside. He starts with thin transparent washes and the Turp helps it set up quicker. I work in water mixable oils and have for a few years, he wanted us to work on a oil primed surface so I purchased a medium made for the water mixable oils to thin my paints and stayed out of the water as I was using a oil primed surface as he wanted. Hard to make changes in your substrate and materials while attending a workshop. He focused on the side door and stairs of the inn after he put a wash on his panel. He showed us how he painted Windows, he paints the glass and that creates the mullions. The red addition on the end wasn't actually attached but he wanted to demonstrate his window technique again. This small demo took him four hours with time out to talk about his materials and answer questions etc., so maybe three hours in total. After lunch we set up and tried to find something else to paint from under the shelter and it kept raining, not the best conditions. I painted part of a red barn and tried out painting Windows his way, I wasn't excited about what I was painting and ended up wiping it off, that really doesn't bother me though. Day one ended and I headed off to warm up, things got better on day 2. I have attached a few photos from day one and his finished demo. I'll be back.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hello! I painted this a few days ago from a set up. Roses are hard and I do not paint them often, I wanted to be painterly and yet feel like roses. This is oil on a 8" X 10" linen panel. I will be back outside painting soon, I'm excited and ready.
Did I tell you I am attending a Mark Boedges workshop in Vermont the end of May, it is a five person intensive workshop. Google him, he's just amazing.