|Warm up. Next time spread out. Little heads, little canvas painted|
by artist with big head and no idea how much room to allow.
|I like this"sketch" best. I got his hunch.|
|Hoo-Ra! Color is encouraged for the man of color. But black or white,|
darks are dark and lights are lights; the medium tone is the difference.
|Orange on neck needslightening up. Otherwise, I like the|
shape of the head.
|My cool side just wasn't cool enough.|
Do you recall from childhood the fairy tale about the kid who killed five--or some number of giants with one blow of his club and then went around bragging about it? I do. He lied. But I'm not lying when I tell you I "knocked off" five "gesture portraits," watched a demonstration with pastels, (the instructor's idea of the medium closest to oils and the medium, which is the easiest one to learn the values of colors), and a demonstration and multi-color palette layout discussion. Values and shapes are everything in painting. Warm and cool are everything in setting up a palette. A palette does not have to be a lot of colors--just some form of the primaries.
I'm not bragging about my five "portraits" either. It was a full day. It was a hard day. Had I known we were going to do that many, I would have toned the canvases last night. --Now that is a lie. Once I lie down on that sofa after dinner, I'm through. I don't want to do one more thing. These days have been overflowing with information and interaction. My head is reeling.
Meanwhile I am loving the experience. It is well worth my bitching about the expense. I would take this very workshop again. I'd like another crack at it. I'll continue what I've picked up on my own along with some color mixing studies. I'm liking the idea of limiting a palette; it makes painting so much easier and it's definitely more informative and less expensive. KNOW YOUR TOOLS.
I have no idea what's on for tomorrow. But being the last day, I imagine it will be another demanding and a strenuous six hours. I can hardly wait. In the meantime, I'm icing.
I leave you with one thought: WHITE IS BLUE.