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Monday, May 20, 2013

Elizabeth Mowry Workshop Report Day 1


'Looking Inward'. 9x12. Pastel

I am so glad I decided to take this workshop with Elizabeth Mowry. What a wonderful artist and gentle spirit she is. As she spoke so eloquently about her love of nature I felt a special kinship. When I talked to the group about the painting I did during the sharing time, I spoke about how I like to look inland at fields and meadows for inspiration. Elizabeth understood this! I know I will come away from this workshop inspired and enriched.

The workshop began with Elizabeth doing a 2 hour demo. She feels it is important to show how she resolves a demo painting and not just how she starts. I found her demo very interesting and very different from how I usually work. She uses wallis paper and Girault pastels. She goes right in with local colors and works from the sky down. When she saw how I was starting my painting she said "oh you are one of those color people" I smiled. Yes I guess I do love color!

After lunch we painted for 2 hours then had a chance for sharing and feedback. The day ended with Elizabeth's slide presentation of her journey as an artist. I enjoyed hearing about her life and work! I can't wait to go back tomorrow.

I learned an interesting use for pastel pencils and I will share this with you when I can do a more complete post.



Meredith Adler said...

Your painting is lovely, and I am glad you are having such a nice time. When I took Elizabeth's workshop in October, I felt one of the best things she demonstrated was how to live peacefully in this world!

Sara Mathewson said...

Karen, what a beautiful painting!!
I'm so envious that you are able to take a workshop with Elizabeth! I know you will get a lot out of it. I have so enjoyed watching you grow as an artist. I've been following you for so many years now I can't count!
Take care!

Dorothy said...

I agree, your painting is so gentle and lovely! How awesome that you get to attend the Elizabeth Mowry workshop. Since I can't be there, I'll live through the experience with the notes and thoughts you write here on your blog. Already I'm fascinated by your description of how she paints and look forward to hearing more. Love your work, Karen, and that you generously share your knowledge with us in blog land.

pattisjarrett said...

This sounds like a great workshop. Looking forward to tomorrow's post...