Archive for the ‘Workshops/Classes’ Category

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Cobalt Barn

October 30, 2018

Cobalt Barn – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

This was started as a demonstration for a workshop I hosted.

The first part of the lesson involved editing the scene. The photo of the scene was cluttered. I made six thumbnail drawings to enlighten the students about the possibilities of this opportunity. The grayish blue structure was my inspiration, my subject. I edited the chain link fence, an arbor, the massive tree behind the barn, an old horse, the fence in the foreground, brush growing to the right and in front of the barn. I amended / modified the building to the left, added the shadows (the reference photo was taken on an overcast day). Simplified the design.

The second part of the lesson was to illustrate to the students that they did not have spend hours doing a detailed drawing on their canvas. Also, to get the students thinking about moving fast to quickly capture the entire scene. Working all parts of their canvas to establish the design.

After quickly applying strokes to get the basic drawing (barn was fairly drawn, but most of the subordinate characters were faint indications and obscure lines. Once this was in place, I moved fast and deferred questions for a few minutes. Just shy of twenty minutes into this work, the students saw that my painting was established. I could walk away from that painting and everything read clearly enough. My point is to keep the students from lingering in isolated sections of their painting. They also witnessed how minor imperfections and mistakes were not fatal. I pointed out areas of the start which would need to be addressed and corrected.

I allowed the students to start their paintings and after I had them painting, I returned to this work. I would paint for a few minutes, then wander around to lend assistance as needed. By the end of the day, this work was basically complete.

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Standing Along Grange Hall

October 16, 2018

Standing Along Grange Hall – Oil on Canvas – 11″ x 14″

Using sketches and plein air studies from last summer, I worked this painting as a demonstration for my workshop students. Although, to begin, I had a loose pastel sketch on the canvas, I applied my oil paint swiftly. I worked to place general colors throughout the entire canvas. Within twenty minutes, I had enough paint in place that the students could see where I was going with this painting.

I allowed the students to start their works. While the students were painting, I moved around the classroom to guide their progress and took occasional breaks to add more strokes of paint to my work. By the end of the afternoon, my painting was basically finished, save for a few tweaks completed at my studio.

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Reflections

February 28, 2018

Reflections – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Started for my oil students. Always fun to play with reflections off of this metal bowl. Fun to watch the students tackle this. They learn a lot about reflections, refractions, colors, and shadows. Sometimes I get into trouble because I forget to clean this bowl and return it to our kitchen cabinets (do not interfere with the wife’s cooking routine).

Used this same set up for my advanced watercolor group. Fun and interesting to see the differences based upon the choice of medium.

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Henhouse

January 6, 2018

Henhouse – Watercolor on Arches 140# CP – 12″ x 16″

Preparing ideas for an upcoming workshop on watercolors, I utilized a plein air painting from Cedarburg Wisconsin as a basis for this watercolor. Having already worked out the challenges of this design in the oil painting, this watercolor moved effortlessly. Very happy with the brightness of the light off the front of this structure.

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Autumn Willow and Pear Study

January 1, 2018

Autumn Willow – Oil on Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Two more small oil paintings started as a resource for my Oil students. The willow tree is from a reference photo. The willow is at the entrance to Midway Village in Rockford. The pears were started to help my students understand methods for tackling folds in cloth. Both paintings were quickly requested by galleries for display (and sale – hopefully).

Pear Study – Oil on Canvas Panel – 6″ x 8″

Happy New Year. Hoping that you all enjoy a prosperous and happy 2018. Thank you for following my posts.

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Sunflower Study, Pitcher and Pears, and Candles

May 9, 2017

Sunflower Study November 19 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

These are three of the paintings I created as demonstrations for my Saturday Oil painting class. We are all working from the same set up. I work on my paintings for a few, approximately fifteen, minutes, then take a break to move around and assist students with their works. As they take a break from their work to check out my progress, some interesting conversations and lessons get quick discussion. My students seem to thrive on appreciation of the differences in our approaches.

Pitcher and Pears December 3 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

Candles for Christmas 2016 – Oil on Oil Primed Canvas Panel – 8″ x 6″

 

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Anatomy to a Still Life

March 15, 2016
Anatomy to a Still Life - Oil on Canvas Panel - 18" x 24"

Anatomy to a Still Life – Oil on Canvas Panel – 18″ x 24″

To help my students understand a process to create their oil / acrylic paintings, I created this work. It helps to illustrate (1) Thumbnail drawings as means to explore and test design options (2) Size and Angle relationships of the components (3) Basic drawing concepts (4) Breaking down the items to basic shapes (5)Roughing in to start the painting (6) A finished version of the composition (7) Colors utilized to create the work.

Toughest part, actually getting my students to create any thumbnail drawings. A bit frustrating to go through all of this, imploring students to work out their ideas in thumbnail drawings. Later, moving around to help students resolve problems with their works. First thing I request? “Show me your thumbnail sketches.” When they admit to not having spent any time on thumbnails, I ask for their sketchbook or paper and begin to work thumbnail drawings for them, helping to illustrate ideas for how they could have prevented their current predicament and options for possible solutions.