Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Iceland Poppy 3-day watercolor workshop at Gallery 2611

The results of our hard work, we left tired but happy and armed with many new and great techniques. The class will have the opportunity to complete this piece on their own, with new found confidence. As well as myself, I will complete and keep posting!
The stamens, what a fun area to paint, somewhat loose, using the wet into wet technique dropping in the golden yellow along with the transparent yellow. No matter which approach loose or detailed, it is going to look terrific. The secret to this is not to over work this area. "Put the brush down and step away from the painting"
Once we completed the red poppy we moved to the white poppy in shadow, this was another fun learning curve for those students that have never attempted to paint, this subject. To master painting the poppies, it is useful for any level student, it is believing in the process, applying it.
This is the beginning of our Iceland Poppy lesson with the green leaves and stems. The focus on this portion of our lesson is how to paint the cluster of leaves, stems and pods and get the depth of the "jungle" portion of this beautiful flower. Many techniques were taught to achieve this wonderful pattern. The students all agreed that this alone was the "icing on the cake, it is a huge learning curve that can be repeated in so many ways and on so many different subjects".
On the morning of day two we began painting the red poppy, this poppy was painted with three colors, and most of the brush work was with 1 - 1 1/2" brushes. Learning how to apply large and deliberate brush strokes was the focus on this portion of the lesson. Building confidence to load up your brush and paint the darkest largest shape of the pedals wrinkle. My students were tired but happy by the end of day two, a lot of new and interesting techniques as well as building their confidence to trust the process.
Here is Evelyn deep in concentration, if you look closely you can see her beautiful green pattern of stems and leaves just popping of the paper, good job Evelyn!!
Jackeye, Barbara, Monica, and Evelyn
May 2-4 I taught my yearly workshop at Gallery 2611, which is my home town. I decided this year to forego a still life and to go back to teaching a floral painting for this workshop. The above three photos are the students hard at work, and deep in concentration. Learning bit of confidence goes a long way.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to be in your workshop!

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  2. It was a fun, if you have an art group that is interested in coordinating a workshop, let me know.

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  3. JOYCE,
    I ENJOYED YOUR 3 DAY ICELAND POPPY
    WORKSHOP SO MUCH. I WOULD RECOMMEND
    YOUR WORKSHOPS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS
    TO GIVE THEIR PAINTINGS THAT EXTRA
    SOMETHING. I LEARNED SOME GREAT
    TECHNIQUES THAT I CAN APPLY TO MY
    FUTURE PAINTINGS ALSO AND WE HAD
    FUN WHILE WE LEARNED. EVELYN

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  4. Thanks Evelyn, it was a fun workshop. We are now officially in the 110% club. No turning back. Your painting was outstanding, you could see all the joy of your work throughout the piece.

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