I thought you'd like to see pictures of Carol painting a demo for our class. She makes it look so effortless, I think, "Yes! I can do that!" And then we paint. Sigh. Well, maybe tomorrow.
Carol always uses a viewfinder to draw her paintings. She has toned the canvas with burnt umber, then draws with burnt umber. She first locates the edges of the objects with small marks, then draws them in. You can see she used lines to draw the ellipse of her cup. Next she uses a paper towel to wipe off the excess paint so it doesn't contaminate the colors of her painting.
This shows her completed sketch. She also draws in her shadows are a part of her sketch.
Carol first paints in "islands of color". Then she paints in the "ocean" around her islands. She says it helps her to control her edges better.
The second apple.
The rest of the apples and the beginning of the mug.
The finished painting. My photo has a little glare, but you can see how beautiful it is.
You can see she paints off the edge of the canvas onto her canvas holder. She says it helps her with the ellipses.
After lunch, Carol had us each compose a set up and paint so that she could see where we each were.
I tried something new. She paints with a very limited palette, and I tried to paint using only her colors. I had a very hard time making gray. She mixes gray from red, yellow, blue and white, so I tried to do that. I had a difficult time---it came out very blue...