Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Combination

This coming weekend I am taking a group of excited students to a country (at the Haliburton Muskoka  border) get away for a weekend of plein air painting.  The approach is to get people painting on the way north on Friday and paint the weekend with show and tell sessions each day.  We set this up with an evening preparatory session that reviewed the 5 elements of painting (shapes, values, colour, brushwork, and edges) and on the things individuals wanted to work on.  The individual "chunks" included design, brushwork, colour, abstraction, basics of going forward with the immediacy of plein air, and planning deliberately to painting freely.  Each student received a short list in their chunking area for consideration before hitting the ground painting.  Everyone was challenged to consider the concept of their paintings in order that I have an idea of where to lead them.  This will form the background of the individual mentoring.

Over a glass of wine on Friday evening I will get the on site painting in gear by doing a demo.  It will be interesting to see what comes from that demo.  It will be a product of the environment and the chunks the artists are working on.  Here is an image showing an abstracted image with some colour.

Killarney Early, 10x12, Oil on Board

Here is an image sporting both impressionist and some tonalist strokes.

Grace and Nellie Bound, 10x12, Oil on Board

And here is a more finished image in the impressionist mode.

High Percentage, 12x12, Oil on Canvas

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