Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Finished paintings from the workshop

These are the fantastic artists who attended my workshop in Mississippi. Many of them are members of the Pass Christian Art Association, which hosted and organized the event. Others came from other art organizations on the gulf coast, and some even traveled from other states.

On the third day of the workshop, my students continued to add deeper values to their paintings and finished with painting in the details. This photo is my finished painting.

I like to start each workshop with a "warm-up painting" that allows the students to practice the new techniques that I demonstate. In this workshop I demonstrated a a couple of simple beach scenes for the students to paint. This practice enables them to get used to some of the specific brush strokes, color mixes, lifting, and other techniques.

This is me on the morning of the third day of the workshop, getting ready to start a lesson. We all had a great time, and everyone completed two or more beautiful paintings!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Workshop Progress

The first day of the workshop the students practiced by painting some simple beach scenes with out a lot of details. This helped to get them familiar with using the watercolor paints and allowed them to try out some new techniques for painting sky and water. On the second day, we started on this painting. This first photo shows the drawing with masking fluid (to preserve the white of the paper) on the boat, tree, and lighthouse, and I have just finished painting the sky....

About mid-day in today's lesson, the students painted thier base values (light and mid-tones) in the water, beach, and distant trees. The painting is now begining to take shape, as some movement is painted for the water and texture is painted for the sandy beach.

Paint is slowly applied in layers, building up color and value with each application. Here I have added some darker values in the painting, cooled the color temp of the backgound, and warmed the color temp of the foreground.
Tomorow we will paint in some details and finish it.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sketch for workshop

I'm all packed and ready for my workshop in Mississippi, which begins tomorrow morning. This is one of my sketches that the students will use as a starting sketch for thier paintings. Tune in next week to see the completed painting!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Art Exhibit April 18-19, Louisiana Rural Life Museum

This original watercolor painting, "Six Dinghies," will be displayed April 18 & 19 at the Louisiana Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, as part of the Baton Rouge Art League's 54th Annual Invitational Exhibit. The LSU Rural Life Museum is located at 4560 Essen Lane in Baton Rouge, one block south of I-10.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Gallery Representation in Baton Rouge

My original paintings are now also available at Elizabethan Gallery, 680 Jefferson Hwy in Baton Rouge. If you're in the area, stop in and take a look! The gallery represents a wide range of Louisiana artsts, and custom framing is available. visit the gallery's web site at www.elizabethangallery.com

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

New shows in Covinton and Baton Rouge

The annual Spring for Art gallery stroll in Covington brought thousands of art lovers to the Inside Northside Magazine exhibit of their cover artists. Several artists were on hand for book signings, and Inside Northside Magazine is taking orders from patrons who wish to purchase frameable poster reproduction of the magazine covers. Profits from the sales of the cover posters will benefit local art organizations.

Also last week, I hung a solo show of my paintings at Mansur's on the Boulevard, located on Corporate Boulevard in Baton Rouge. The show consists of 40 of my original watercolor paintings, and will be on display through the end of May. If you're in the Baton Rouge area, stop in a take a look!

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