Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Studio Incamminati Workshop Day 2

Today in the Studio Incamminati workshop, Color Study: Still Life and Figure Painting for Art Educators, taught by Natalie Italiano, we continued to learn to see color by looking at color relationships. In todays exercises, she stressed: 1. seeing the light hitting the form and how that changes the local color 2. making strong color statements, and 3. constantly comparing one color mass to the surrounding masses.

These studies are started with a quick grisaille drawing, then painting in the strongest color note. The above photo shows my grisaille and my first two color notes.

I got several comments yesterday about why I was painting on the back on the back of stretched canvases...I'm not really. I taped smaller canvas pad sheets onto the back of the stretched canvases to make it easy to stack them to get them back in the box to take on the plane back home.

These are the 4 studies I completed today. Each one was started as mentioned above, with the main color notes, then when all the color shapes/masses are finished, you make another pass around the canvas adjusting the colors.

At the end of the day, Natalie led a critique of the all the paintings.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Cool. Very interesting. Reminds me a little of Camille Prezwodek's block exercises. Good for you!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, thanks for explaining about painting on the back of the canvas. That makes sense. Sounds like a wonderful class! Have a great week and learn a lot!

Pam Holnback said...

Thanks Kelley, Yes, they are similar to Camille's exercises. Nancy, Thanks, it is a wonderful class!