This past week I had the opportunity to work with a great group of artists at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, OR. The emphasis of the workshop, Filed to Studio was gathering visual information on location so we could come back to the comforts of the studio to produce a painting. I have outlined below the steps we took along the way.
Big shapes, simple with emphasis on designing the painting. I tried a couple of different formats and decided on the portrait orientation to emphasis the vertical presence of the trees.
Value map using three values of tomboy markers and the white of the paper to limit the value structure to four values.
Notan, a further simplification of values down to just black and white to see the underlying structure of the painting. f at this stage the shapes looked uninteresting or the distribution between the darks and light were two balanced I would revisit the composition and make adjustments.
My field study, a 5 x 7 on Wallis Belgian Mist sanded paper to capture the color nuances of the scene. Done in about 20 minutes.
Photgrahic references show how much the camera doesn’t capture, but are useful for details. As it turned out I didn’t really even look at these when back in the studio. How liberating is that?
Sttudio painting done on Ampersand Pastelbord using a watercolor underpainting.
The best part of the workshop was how enthusiastic all my students were. They were not only willing to dive in and try new approaches but were so encouraging with each other and supportive of their fellow classmates. Read what a student had to say.