Saturday, December 6, 2008
Nancy Reyner workshop
hands of the happy painter/ end of day 1
Well, I have been in heaven the past three days painting in my workshop with Nancy Reyner. She's a fabulous and extremely knowledgeable artist. She's like a walking encyclopedia ready to share all she knows. I learned a lot, was challenged, and just had the best time. I worked on three 24x30 inch canvases simultaneously. A big size for me so something new... and I don't usually work three, totally different pieces at once. I did my first abstract but am not emotionally relating to it so I feel very detached from it. Another piece is not finished yet, and then, there's my favorite. I used a photo of an up-close shot of a tree trunk as my inspiration to create this piece. I'm very happy with it. I'm not sure it's finished either. I think it may still need more lighter color value and highlights in the rough bark area of the trunk.
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To create the rough bark, I used practically every type of ground and texture product that Golden's puts out. Anything from garnet gel, pumice, fibrous texture, heavy molding paste, crackle paste etc.... you name it, I threw it on there.
Here's the abstract. It just is...
I'm peaceful, joyful... and really tired. I'm heading to bed now. Oh, and just one more week until I get to pick up Kenzy!!!!