|'Visit to the Windy City' 16x20 notan underpainting with black pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Our venue was Arts on Elston. We took over the gallery space in this lovely old building. It was an intimate and cozy space. At first I was concerned that we wouldn't have room but in the end the smaller space helped us all to get to know one another better! And we got creative with repurposing furniture!
The workshop was sponsored by Uart Pastel Paper. They were very generous with supplying enough paper for everyone for the whole workshop. In addition everyone got a goody bag. The Uart aprons were a hit! Some of the artists were already familiar with Uart paper but some had never tried it. I know we have some new converts. It was a great opportunity for every one to try the different grades of paper and to discover how versatile my favorite paper truly is!
The focus of the workshop was 'The Mystery and Magic of the Underpainitng'. I broke each of the three days into two sessions...morning and afternoon. At each session I introduced a new underpainitng technique and lesson. I also did a demo for each lesson. The artists then had time to work on their own paintings. I encouraged everyone to try a new painting at each session. So in the end most went home with 6 or more paintings!
The most gratifying part of the workshop was seeing how hard everyone worked and what great work was produced! We could have put on a great exhibition with the paintings that were done this weekend!
|'Riverside Reverie' 18x24 pastel dry wash underpainitng|
|value based alcohol wash underpainting|
|watercolor underpainting demo|
|impromptu demo done after everyone finished lunch early. The artists chose my subject!|