Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekend with the Masters

 Seminar/Workshop by American Artist Magazine in Dana Point, California.
September 23- 26, 2010
As an artist, I am dedicated to always learning and being exposed to a variety of methods, viewpoints and styles. This event was an opportunity to either attend lectures or take full days workshops from some of the most inspiring and celebrated artists of our time. Most of them can trace their education through their teachers... a 'who's who' lineage all the way back to the Renaissance including Titian, Fechin, Sorolla, Sargent or training at the Art Students League in New York and Chicago Art Institute.

My class list included: CW. Mundy, Camille Przewodek, Albert Handell, Stephen Scott Young and 
Sherrie McGraw.  We attended lectures by Richard Schmid, Daniel Gerhardtz and Scott Burdick...

I returned home, ready to launch another new series of artworks...
from fruit bowls, to figures to waterfalls...
Demo with Richard Schmid: two screens, large room and hundreds of fascinated artists ready to watch the MAESTRO.
                   Richard  discussing his theories of art.
His finished art, what a thrill it was to watch him work!

September 24: Albert Handell

Albert Handell, his demo for my first class on waterfalls and streams in oils
 with transparent backgrounds and thick palette knife featured areas.

My final art as I worked along side Albert's vertical painting and his reference.

September 25: Stephen Scott Young
 Scott demonstrated his watercolor dry-brush technique, painted with one small brush, very patiently and with extreme attention to the amount of water in each stroke of the brush.

Watercolor/dry brush technique: this took me all morning! (mine on the left- his on the right)
Study of facial features: took me all afternoon!

September 26: Sherrie McGraw
Still Life Demo and words of wisdom.
20 Artists shared 10 beautiful still life set-ups.

My work-in-progress... what a difference working inside compared to my usual perils of  Plein Air painting!!!
..and my final oil.  'Still Life' painting is another new passion for me. Gee- there's just not enough time in the day!

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