Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Week #21

It's nice to see if a second version has a fresher quality than the first. In this case, I don't think it really happened. There are things I like, and don't like, in both. The clouds are better in the first version, but I think the horizontal shadow in the foreground is too strong. I like the color in foreground of the second as well as the softer, lighter value. I think I'll crop the bottom of the second so there's not quite so much real estate down there.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Week #19

No, I wasn't in Tuscany last week, but I did take a 3 day workshop from Thomas Schaller, a nationally known watercolorist. I learned a ton, and still have a lot to figure out before I get a handle on this medium. I admire his art- it's very loose, very gestural, and forced me to get way out of my comfort zone of control. I did about 8 paintings, this being the last one of the weekend. The time spent drawing took longer than the painting itself. The added bonus of the whole deal was that Thomas was extremely positive and encouraging to everyone, so I think all of us left feeling okay about how we were progressing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Week #17

A few weekends ago I took a workshop with Michael Reardon at the Rose Garden in Oakland. He stressed the notion of creating a simple sketch, and using it to compose the painting before actually painting. Below you can see my pencil sketch. Note that I've elected to eliminate the stone wall on the left side of the staircase. 

After talking through it with Michael, he suggested I add that left wall, suggesting that it would lead the eye up to my focal point- the small slivers of light on the stairsteps. Below is my final painting.