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!!!!


Joanne Huffman said...

What a great painting! Glad to hear your class was such a good experience.


Tiglizzyclone said...

I like that tree trunk!

Kelly Snelling said...

you lucky, duck! i think Nancy is such a sweetheart. i met her last year at CHA and we had dinner together. i have her book and think it's great. and your tree is awesome. i totally get what you are saying about not connecting with the abstract. i feel that way when i am trying to make something for the sake of something other than just what i want to create. but it is still a good lesson in color and design. kudos!

jan b. said...

Oh, your tree bark painting is fabulous! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the workshop.