Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jill Carver Workshop Day 5

Near Lizard Head Pass
Oil  6" x 8"
$100.00 + $10. s/h

This is Jill Carver demoing.   The last day of Jill's workshop was spent in a big, open field surrounded by incredible peaks, great colors, and sheep.  Some of her main points from this day were:

-- When going from a small plein air piece to a large studio painting refer to your small study and a black and white photo for correct values.
--Keep the greatest contrast of color and value near the focal point.
--Keep the hardest edges near to the focal point and soften edges far away from it.
--There are warm and cool tones within both light and shadow.
--Don't over exaggerate the strong fall colors.
--When starting your piece make it a sunny or a cloudy painting, then stick w/ that.  Don't change the light as the clouds and light change (as it did all day for us).

It was a great workshop.  Jill is not only a good artist and teacher, but a down to earth person, w/ a great sense of humor who is fun to be with for a week.  We were very limited to our dinner and lodge choice in the small town of Rico.  So, we also all spent every evening eating together and all stayed at the same lodge.  But, this allowed for more camaraderie, sharing, getting to know Jill, the other students, and the spouses who came along.  I learned a lot, made new friends and spent a week in the Colorado out doors.

An absolutely beautiful location for a fall plein air workshop.


loriann said...

Great notes Pam, thanks for sharing. Your paintings of the last two days have strong shapes and color relationships. brava!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Wonderful painting! This sounds like a great workshop! Thank you for sharing what you learned!

Celeste Bergin said...

good advice--beautiful scenery--beautiful painting

Pam Holnback said...

Loriann, Thank you. I'm really trying to work on the colors. So glad you noticed that!

Thank you Nancy, I think this was my favorite of the week.

Celeste, Thank you. It's always great to take an occasional workshop and get great reminders and advice!

Karen Bruson said...

Very nice depth in this one.

Gwen Bell said...

All of these Workshop paintings are so good and I see you growing stronger with each one. I really like the way you've introduced some magenta into the pretty with the golds Wonderful light and brushwork!

Kelley Sanford said...

Sounds like it was a great workshop. Looking forward to seeing how your work develops. Really like latest pieces.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

In rereading this post, and after talking to you in person, I am very envious of your experience. This just sounds like a great workshop. I think it is wonderful that your husband was able to come with you, and enjoy the trip. It sounds like a very fun trip for you both.