On the 2nd day of Michael Klein's workshop, we watched him demo for about 2 hours and then either started on a new still life, or worked on an individual flower. I chose to work on the yellow rose on the left. During the lunch break, the still life fell over, so I restarted and worked on the rose on the right. It ended up being a lucky fall, as I learned from restarting. Michael completes an entire flower, then moves on to another entire flower, throughout the still life. That way, he doesn't have to worry about a flower wilting. I usually paint all my darks throughout the whole canvas, then go to lights, always working through the whole canvas. I do have to worry about flowers wilting, they don't last, so I find myself painting quickly. Michael paints slowly. Like Richard Schmid, he doesn't repaint an area, or make lots of color passes. He studies the color, and puts it down once. This really got me thinking...am I wasting time, paint, energy.
Several of you asked to see my sister's painting; this is her piece from Day 1. My sister, Natalie Italiano, is an instructor at Studio Incamminati in Philadelpia.
This is a very small corner of the cast studio at Grand Central Academy. They have an amazing collection of casts which are used by the full time students.
After class we went to Vasari Classic Oil Color store and distribution center. Here's Gale showing us how some of their classic paints can be mixed. It was so great to see this. I treated myself to some Sap Green, as green was their featured color on sale this month.