Thursday, November 7, 2013

Painting Workshop Day 4

As an artist, I always hoped that one day the flickering light that reside in my head would some day fully light up. I've been painting off and on for about two years now. Today, as I watch John Poon demo his painting techniques, along with a running dialog, it finally dawned on me what I've been missing. It's hard to put into words, but a lot of the different things we consider as we paint, seem to come into focus for me.

I had just finished a painting this morning (see below), and though I was happy with it, I knew I still was missing something. After the demo, I started my second painting of the day with confidence. I'm not finished yet, but I was able to do a complete, seemingly correct, block in. That may not sound like much to non painters, but it's a big deal.

I still have a long way to go, but I feel as if I finally have a complete road map to follow. I will tell anyone who has a passion for painting, to keep an eye on The Greenbrier's web site (click here), for the next painting workshop. Great location, fantastic atmosphere, world-class instructors, and fun workshop participants. It doesn't get any better than this.

PS: I'll take better photos of these when I get home this weekend.

Early morning painting (excuse the shadow of my arm to the left)

Afternoon block in (I'll finish it in the morning)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Painting Workshop Day 3

Day 3 consisted of a live demo from John Poon. He completed a larger painting using two completely different photos. It's one thing to read about techniques, it's a whole other ball of wax to see it in person. Watching a professional artist work his craft, and explain every move that he's making in the process is worth the cost of admission alone.

Our lecture today was on design and composition. Best day yet.  

Here's the results of my labor today. Tomorrow I will get at least two paintings done, even if I have to work after the class.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Painting Workshop Day 2

Another day, another bad photo. This painting looks much better in person....really it does.

Today we worked on color theory. Lots of note taking. We painted in the morning, then lectured in the afternoon. This painting was concentrating on the values lecture we received on Monday. All I can say is it's only been two days.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Painting Workshop Day 1

I've signed up for a week-long painting workshop with John Poon that's being held at The Greenbrier. Anyone on the east coast knows all about the resort. A great first day, I really learned a lot and I'm looking forward to the rest of the week. This morning was kind of a meet and greet and to find out what we expected to get out of the workshop. 

Mr. Poon, wanted to see where we all were with our painting skills, so before the lecture, we were asked to pick a photo from his collection, and paint. Of course, I set up at the back of the room so no one could see me work. Below is my labor for the day.

Hey, you have to start somewhere. I plan on posting my other paintings during the week.

PS: a special thank you to my sister-in law Kathleen, for arranging for my room at The Greenbrier.