What do painters do on Valentines weekend? Paint! And what better a subject than big bunches of vibrating colored flowers! It always amazes me to see what the painters end up with, it's very exciting to see their eye develop throughout the 2 days! The energy in the studio was truly inspiring. What a great group of people!
The workshop started Saturday morning with a short lecture and a full demo of one of the still life set ups. The emphasis being color temperature vibration and their relationships to create form, light and the space around the piece. The idea of the so titled 'still life' workshop is not 'how to paint a still life' but rather USE still life to work from LIFE and study color! I have primarily studied the landscape in the past until a few years ago when by the middle of winter I was just not feeling like going out in the freezing elements of a Minnesota winter but wanted to paint from life. So, I went to the market, bought a bunch of veggies and started studying life in my warm studio. I was hooked and completely curious about what I was seeing and learning from what I used to think of as 'boring'. I was so wrong! I had never seen such delicate degrees of temperature shifts and everything I was seeing was exploding in color in front my eyes. Working on still life has helped me to grow tremendously as a painter and I would highly recommend it to any landscape painter out there! It will only improve your work!
This is the reason I started this particular workshop and what's happening in the studio with these painters is really exciting to see!
-By early afternoon on Saturday they were at their easels eagerly armed with brushes and paint. Most everyone had their drawings and large masses in place by 4:00. Sunday morning we gathered again for a full day of painting and by the end of Sunday they had put in a good weekend and had pieces they could be proud to bring home!
This was great day to paint! We've had some really nice temperatures for painting lately. This piece I did on Friday when I was out painting with Marc on the St Croix near my home. A frequently painted spot for me, I've painted this bunch of trees in several different times of the year, this is the first winter piece though. I couldn't believe how pink the light was looking into it. There was an amazing quality to it. I was looking more closely into the light and Marc was looking North up river at more of a distant composition. Interestingly enough, it was stunningly obvious how much more yellow he had in his snow. Opposite of what one might think would happen. Pretty fun to see!
I must be longing for warm summer afternoons. . . . :) It's February in Minnesota, ya know!
I think this painting helped!
I've painted this lily pad pond several times from life and turned most of them into larger studio paintings. There's something about this place that keeps me coming back to see what else it does. It's interesting how many painters become drawn to a certain place and paint it over and over again. It is never the same place or moment twice. The world is full of never ending fleeting effects! I find it gets more challenging each time and each time I find there is something else out there that I don't know and it draws me even more curious to find out. I've become very pulled to the spot in both memory and location. It's really pretty embedded in my mind. This is a memory painting. Meaning, I did not use any sort of reference to paint the piece. I was completely thinking of the THIS painting and simply using the memory of studied information to allow this painting to happen. So, here it is!
I JUST delivered this piece to the Tamarack Gallery In Stillwater MN to be displayed at the Stillwater Art Crawl on Friday Feb. 13. The art crawl is an event that the Galleries along Main St in Stillwater Open their doors to the public to walk about touring the galleries, meet some of the artists and enjoy a glass (or 2 or 3) of wine! All are welcome! Hope to see you there!