'California Cloud Study'. 2.5 x3.5. Pastel
It's hard work being a student! I love it though. I left the first day of the workshop with my notebook full of notes and fired up enough to go back to my hotel room and paint! This is a three day workshop on painting skies, clouds and water. Liz said she could take six weeks to cover it all so this is a condensed version!
Today we focused on skies with clouds. Liz began the day with a talk about her 'Good Bones' approach to a painting. She stressed the importance of understanding the basics of painting and good drawing. The Good Bones approach allows you to plan the painting and takes you step by step through the process of thumbnails, value sketches and doing an alcohol wash underpainting. These are my paintings from today (below)
At the end of the day we gathered for critique. Liz stressed that critique is an opportunity to learn from one another and not to see who did the best painting. We are all there to learn....not to compare ourselves to one another. It was fun to see everyone's work. I always love seeing how different we all paint similar subjects!
Liz was hard on me which I welcomed! I am in the workshop to stretch myself and learn. She suggested I avoid using colors that are too white (pasty looking) in the land. I needed to use more richly pigmented pastels. Also my sky in the beach painting is too light. So I decided to come back to the room after dinner and paint another version of the first painting. I left all of my supplies at the workshop location but I had my trusty mini kit. I like the new version better.
TIP: Liz suggested that we save our workshop pieces as they are. If we want to make corrections we should paint it again...otherwise if we keep working on the workshop painting, the lessons may be lost. I will redo both of my paintings when I get home.