Demo in progress, 1st day, Dahlonega, June 2013
Demo, Hydrangeas, 12 x 12
Demo, Pears, 8 x 16
Simple cure for my annual summer swoon, or the onset of the blahs - (perhaps due to high humidity, heat, desire to go swimming and veg out, i.e. anything to stay out of the studio):
1. Drive up to Dahlonega, Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
2. Arrive at Anita Elder's beautiful property and workshop site, the "Art Loft."
3. Meet 12 fellow artists, all eager to paint and try new things
4. Mix in wonderful gourmet lunches prepared by Anita, a bit of wine, and fun outdoor dinners!
VOILA - inspiration returns, mind is calm and happy, paintings will flow, I know!
Great times last week with some wonderful fellow travelers on this art path, truly a special and inspiring two days for all. We focused on simplifying subject matter, capturing the feeling or gesture of the subject, and on communicating it in the fewest strokes possible. Inspired by a recent Robert Genn post on one of his workshop exercises to help painters "loosen up," we attempted paintings in 37 strokes or 30 minutes. Mine, below was 45 (not 37) strokes -- ay yi yi!
Norma did a better job of hers in 45 strokes:
So many nice paintings were created; alas, I have very few photos, but below are some I did get:
Set Up of hydrangeas from Donna's garden
Also, check out Gina Brown's new blog post on our workshop - I just saw it today, and was pleased to read her kind words at http://ginabrownart.blogspot.com/2013/06/je-ne-sais-quoi-and-nancy-franke.html.