Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sneak in a little painting time.

I have been teaching a lot lately.  I do love it.  One thing frustrating is not getting enough painting time during a workshop.  I really try to give all my attention to the students.  I will do demos but they are never more than 20 minutes.  But when everyone seems to be humming along I will have my easel ready and I will quick sneak in a small work here and there.  I recently taught in Dana Point, CA and it was perfect!
Great people, perfect weather, great models.  These are some of the quickies I was able to do.

The umbrellas were up and some of those color relationships are so hard to capture.

It was a beautiful clear sunny day.

I love to paint kids.  You know they are only there for about a minute!

This was a quick demo to just help one of the students  see the value of the colors in shadow.

These kids were there for one second!

We had fun with this capturing the transparency of the dress.

One day was iffy weather.  We found some sun by our hotel pool.

This is pretty much how I get started when I am capturing something quickly.  I get a loose drawing in a warm neutral and then I try to mass my shadows first.  Just helps to get me on solid footing.  

This was a very quick sketch to guess what the subject might look like on a sunny day.  We were painting gray day works in the morning.

Just sort of got this one started and left some of the transparent under painting alone.  I am going to do a little more of that.  I like the contrast of opaque and transparent.

Another one of how I get started.  I was trying to finish this one from memory.  What a treat to have two models on one of the days.

The model loved his pose.  

Just trying to keep the values close when working in the shadow area.

Gray, gray day.  Don't like those.  

Reflections on water are always fun.

This is actually the light we were painting in the morning.  Values describing the form were very close together.  It's more of painting local color and local value relationships of the subject.  I call it "Pattern Painting".  Think Mary Cassatt aquatints.