Here are some photos I took at the 4-day workshop last week. I always sat on the side to learn from watching the artist paint and photography is just secondary so these are not the best photos but I will add some of my notes as I go along. Be aware you can always click on my images to see bigger version!
Coordinator Brenda Laney was simply awesome with the whole thing. Mornings were 3 hours live demo and afternoons were 3 hours students painting from live models. There were 15 students and 4 models. We also had the best snacks and coffee kept flowing.
|First Painting First Day|
|3 hour demo|
|My first painting|
|Mom getting sun|
Rooms had no windows so I really missed the sun; we had to step out of the building to see outdoors. So I made sure Mom and I got our outdoor time daily. I made her walk around the hotel walking up and down outdoor stairs and walking briskly around the emptyish parking lot. Thank God I'm so blessed with a wonderful strong Mom I had to make sure she was being healthy while in the cave!!!!
I also learned plastic plants zap my lust for life lol The hotel was full of them! I will note the staff was accommodating and they have good breakfast buffet and really good chopped sirloin steak dinner and great coffee! :D
|Plastic plants galore|
Back to art.... 2nd day
|Face emerges again!|
|Final Painting 16x20|
Second demo was full color. That is: Yellow ochre, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Oxide Red, Terra Rosa, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black and Titanium white.
|My 2nd painting|
Third and fourth day were extended painting from same seating.
|Toned, drew and wiped|
|Simple abstract shapes for guide|
|A beautiful face emerges and wonderful likeness|
A few of us have painted from model Rachel at this point and we've all struggled with her light complexion and light hair. Of course Romel didn't. He reminded us to paint what we see, not what we think.
|My 3rd painting|
My painting started so slow...well it is 18x24. I decided to paint a couple more hours in the bedroom after the class session.
Last day was painting supporting parts of the face...
|2nd day same set up|
Paint a hand in or both before model goes on break because she will not capture the same hand positions again!
|Some palette knife details|
|The last pic I took|
|Shaping up nicely|
|Mom, painting and Joe Kelly|
About an hour before class ended I decided to pack it up. It was Friday and Mom has a vertigo like condition that makes things very unpleasant for her in traffic. And I determined whatever I had to accomplish with my painting was going to take more than an hour.
I needed a whole month more with Romel watching him paint so my thinking, my eyes and reflexes can truly grasp as much as I wanted to. He was a wonderful teacher. I don't take much workshop because it's usually not in my budget and I feel guilty that I have a college degree so I should have enough art education for a lifetime! But I've heard a common complaint about workshop teachers not giving attention to individual students. Not in Romel's case. He took the time for us. He'd stand behind a student watch how the person works and Romel determines the best immediate advise to give at this point.
For instance he asked me to warm up the light side. He stood next to me as I mixed my batch and he watched me brush it on the canvas. He then instructed me to make my own orange instead of using the cad yellow deep. And again I mixed my batch and he'd wait for me to brush it on and he stood next to me until we reached a good solution. This made me very nervous HAHAHA but I appreciated that he wasn't just barking orders and walking away as if he just needed to throw me orders so he can leave and move on to another student. Yes, he did same when I was painting on the wrong side of the linen canvas. He stood next to me until he saw me painting on the primed side HAHAHA Oh my garsh was that embarrassing! I had worked with Claessens linen roll before and should have known better!!!
How much did I learn from Romel Delatorre? A whole lot more than I realize. And I know it will creep into my routine if I simply keep painting! YAY me for saving up for this workshop and taking Mom along! Brenda did such a cool workshop with daily giveaways I felt like I was in an Oprah show :D I got Claessens linen canvas samples, viewfinder, value scale, and a fresh tube of Cadmium red!
|Morning demo set up|
|Some students setting up in their corner|
|Romel had some studies he brought to sell plus his demo pieces|
|Most of these sold. I REALLY wanted the #3 piece!|
|The happy students (most of us), Romel and models copyright photo by Romel Delatorre|