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Being an artist with Donna Peters
A group of oil painters share their second day of a workshop together.
January 18 and 25, 2014
The second day of the workshop was as exciting as the first. The night before the Gulf Coast had been given a good coating of sleet and ice on the bridges, but by the time the class began at 10 am, the Southern sun had come out with it magical powers and the earth began to warm.
The coffee pot was full, the doughnuts were hot and we were all excited to get started.
The first Saturday everyone on the class had completed a good background and under-painting of the Pottery plate, bowl, apples and strawberries. The black canvas set the tone for a very saturated color effect and proved to be a very easy start.
|The instructor's painting with the "real thing" set up in front.|
The second Saturday began with a demonstration on how to clean out a turp pot without losing valuable turpentine. Another demo followed on the basic “anatomy” of a shadow.
There was very little to worry about on the remaining brush work of the painting. It just needed to be taken one small bite at a time with a good demonstration before each.
The bowl and the tablecloth were wonderful exercises in how to use very soft rainbow colours to achieve an exciting addition to our composition. Instead of using dull greys and flat whites, we used a family of “whites” that made the painting come alive.
Delana has no problem mixing colours! She loves colour !
The table cloth was probably the most obscure or “abstract” element so we worked on it for a very few minutes and then moved to the plate. Adding small details to each item and moving around the composition, we avoided frustration and confusion.
Step by step. Demo by demo, we walked thru each small step until our paintings were either finished or very, very close to be complete.
Lewis took a great group photo so we would have it to remember our 2 wonderful days or growing, learning and laughing together.
Our final minutes were spent sharing our paintings and admiring the wonderful things about each one. We delighted in the variety of styles in the class and notes what was good about each.
There was not one weak painting in the class. Everyone expressed pleasure and enjoyment, but above all they each felt they had learned many new things about art… and themselves.
|The Finished Painting!...well almost. Where's the sig?|
I had used my time since the last class on the Mississippi Coast to go out and paint on location. I chose three locations to work and reserved a day for each. After visiting each site I noted what time of day would be best for the light on the scene and came back as the weather and time allowed.
|Painting under the "Gateway Oak" in Pascagoula, MS|
As I had promised my friends in the class, I brought them each back in… all in an unfinished state. I will follow up with an e-mail to them with images of the finished works. “Field sketches” or “plein air” works are my favorite works. Being on location to smell the salt air, hear the sound of nature and man give me the emotion with which I can paint the magical elements of a great painting.
The goodbyes are said and we all go back to our own worlds…
With a promise to get together again in May and paint on location at least one day.
I include here the e-mail I gathered for them with information on easels that are used for painting on location. The photo shows my personal tools for plein air painting.
|Donna's plein air work station|
You can order the tripod and other accessories for this one. Very popular style: below.
Mabef Pochade Boxes
Consider size and weight, but also make note of how large a canvas they will hold. I don't paint large works outside as it is too much wind risk.
I would look for an easel that can hold an 11 x 14."
When I travel, I plan to do many small works so I can keep moving a capturing more scenes so I like the 9 x 12" canvases. In our class you may want to plan on a canvas about 11 x 14."
To be frugal and not sure you will do much more painting, it would be very practical to get the metal tripod at Hobby Lobby. A good buy and it can be used later for many other things. (photo above)
Then you can reward yourself with a good French easel after you do three "plein air" works of art.
Want to really reward yourself?
Try the Soltec from "Cheap Joe's" on the web...
The Cadillac of field easels! (above)
Cardboard box about $13.
There are many gadgets to carry canvases. Many are for multi-canvases or for just one side. When it come down to it, a shallow box the size of your canvas in the car works great. If you have the handy handle, that will get you to the car and then put the painting in a box.
Another great on lone source for art supplies is: http://www.jerrysartarama.com
Like a Candy Store!
The Schlepper Handle
I had trouble finding the "Canvas Schlepper" like Kathleen had, but here is one place on the web it is listed:
Shipping is more than the cost of the handle, so get an extra for a friend.
Ya'll are a wonderful class.
Thank you so much for having the right supplies and being such good artists!
I love the way you laughed at yourself and each other. I see in each of you so many wonderfully good things.
...... I enjoy teaching in part just to be around good people!
Thank you so much!
Donna and Lewis
I encourage you to speak your faith.
The news is spending all their power to convince us to drop our moral codes.
They will win if we do not use the same right to maintain and support our standard of values.
Let your light shine!! Talk to everyone about the good things!
See you again soon!
See my web site for my next class: www.donnapeters.com
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