Friday, July 2, 2010

Michael Klein's Painting Workshop Day 2


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.

8 comments:

Debbi Smith Rourke said...

Love each of the yellow roses!! And your sister's painting is lovely too. Very interesting about doing one flower at a time. And not going back. I am just starting, on a small scale, to do that but like you I like to see how the entire color and value scheme will work before I commit to finishing one intricate detail. Lovely. Know you had an amazing time.

Linda Popple said...

Wow! Both paintings are great! Looks like you and Natalie are learning a lot and having a great time doing it.

How fun to go to the Vasari store! What a treat!

Linda Popple said...

I just saw Natalie's web site and her work is great! I'm very impressed. Two very talented people in the same family!!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Love the dark ground, with the yellow roses, so dramatic! It sounds like you learned so much!
What a great experience!

AutumnLeaves said...

Nicely done, Pam! I also adore your sister's work (wish she had a blog). Please tell your sister that one of your readers has a Spinone Italiano named Ettore Giovanni, or Gio for short. He's my buddy!

Cathyann said...

This is very interesting,Pam. Thanks for sharing your work and Natalie's. The colors appear more limited than Shanks' technique, it appears. Looks like you are learning so much from this already. When is his next class? I might take a trip up. Cant wait to hear more about it.
See ya in Sept,
Cathyann

Celeste Bergin said...

wow--your flowers are looking exceptional. Thanks for the description of the workshop--I like all that you wrote about, starting over and Schmids putting down once and leaving alone. This is what I struggle with-I want to be certain of those values and colors and not "grope"..lol. It is fun to see a photo of you too!

Sandra Galda said...

great post pictures here Pam! We use casts to draw from at our studio, those are really nice ones you have shown. Cool that your sister teaches at a studio!