Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 2!

Tuesday started with another demo with Carol.  Lordy.  She mixes a new puddle of paint for each stroke. It's amazing.  And she almost never has to say oops, wrong color.  She mixes each puddle beside the one for the previous stroke so she can compare the values.


Carol's set up. 

The completed drawing.


The finished painting.  Notice how she painted the ellipse off the edge of the canvas.


Her palette after the painting was completed.  


Next Carol had us paint some value paintings, using only burnt umber.   The idea was to have three basic values, light, medium and dark.  We were to make three paintings, with one each with one of those primary values.   We scrubbed the umber on and lifted out the highlights.  Mine were primarily paper towel paintings, not brushes.  

Carol reminded us to SQUINT to see the values.  She said we should practice squinting all the time, not just when we are painting.  She said, "It's like Kegel exercises!"  We were falling off our chairs, laughing!


Here are my three.  


Primarily dark.  My least favorite.  


Primarily medium values, some lights,  with a smidge of dark.  


Primarily light values.  

These painting were fun, and I was feeling pretty good.  It built me up for the fall I was going to take on day three.  On day three we added color!  Ack!  




19 comments:

  1. Love this journey! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Je me réjouis de vous retrouver aujourd'hui ma chère Virginia et je suis heureuse que vous nous fassiez partager votre cours...
    Il est très intéressant de voir toutes ces étapes... Moi qui suis autodidacte, j'ai beaucoup à apprendre... La vie est faite d'apprentissages divers...
    Vite je veux voir la suite!!!
    Gros bisous à vous et à votre charmante professeur.

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  3. Hi Virginia! Lucky you! How I'd love to take a class with Carol... Thanks for visiting, so great to connect with again. I'll look forward to seeing your progress following Carol's workshop. My blog is doing something weird with the comments and I can't click through to the blogs of those leaving comments. Know anything about this?

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    1. Claire, I don't know much about Blogger. They changed it up and it took me a few days to find things. When you comment on my blog, underneath your comment is a little blue word "Reply" that I can click on and answer your comment. If that isn't working, all I know how to do is reboot my computer. Lots of times that gets the glitch out of things. Good luck!

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  4. Virginia, these are spectacular! Especially the last one. Bravo!

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  5. Thanks again Virginia for posting these photos. So interesting!!!

    Your value studies are terrific! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Helen. I enjoyed the process of wiping off paint with a paper towel. I thought it left some interesting textures too.

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  6. Love your paintings! Strong and confident all three of them! What a fun post this was too. Just reminds me of all the basic fundamentals that are soooo important! Thanks for sharing and with a fun sense of humor.

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    1. Kathy, toooo much to remember! Sometimes after I'm done, I'll think oh no, I forgot to do (whatever it was I was supposed to be doing)!

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  7. I'm loving these posts! Wishing I was there, too!

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    1. We have a great group, Gaye. Really nice people.

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  8. So much fun!!! How do you stand it all? Have fun.

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  9. Angela, it is a blast! As the week goes on, we have gotten to know each other better, and there are lots of laughs together.

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  10. Virginia,

    Your blog is a treasure so I am passing along an award to you, The Liebster Blog Award. It originated in Germany and recognizes up and coming bloggers. It is meant to showcase those who have fewer than 200 followers. (Liebster means "favourite" or "dearest" in German.) This is done in the spirit of pay-it-forward. In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:

    • Thank the person that gave them the award and link back to their blog

    • Copy and paste the award to their blog

    • Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog

    Congratulations, and happy painting!

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  11. It seems always to be fun, those workshops with Carol, and your comments are so interesting, Virginia!

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  12. Thank you SO much for sharing your experience with Carol. Love your monotone value paintings. So excited for you .....and jealous.

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  13. This is so awesome, Virginia....this post is so informative and its wonderful that you are sharing it with us. It looks like you're having a great time in this workshop. You're doing GREAT!!

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  14. thanks again - you are doing a wonderful job.

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