It was a real treat last weekend to teach a workshop at the Leighton Centre. First of all the weather was beautiful, warm and sunny but with the clear smell of autumn from the fallen leaves and grasses. Secondly it was a chance I don’t often have to teach landscape painting. I really do enjoy landscape painting it’s just that my urban landscape work has eclipsed it over the past number of years.
Anyway, it was a great workshop and once again I am so impressed what beginners (as many of them were) are able to produce if when given the tools.
The first demo is a really neat painting. It uses a very direct painting approach. Get the shape, colour and value and paint it in directly.
Again I’m posting it as it was at the end of the workshop and the finished version. I’m very happy with this one.
A few finishing touches and some figures give it an interesting story.
This painting has some significant colour notes and here are some in-progress photos.
I just received this finished version of the barn from one of the participants.
The Second Demo
This demo is more my normal process with an underpainting that covers the entire paper and then adding the mid and dark values. It’s a process that actually makes the painting go surprisingly quickly.
Here are the 2 versions.
Again some darks and shadows and the addition of a very important element – the overhanging tree which adds another dimension.
I just received one of the participant’s finished version of the foothills.
It was a lovely weekend with a great bunch of painters! Thanks to everyone.
A Little Extra
I far prefer the foothills to the mountains so I continue to explore different ways to paint them. I took a photo on the way out to the workshop to illustrate a little of the patterns that occur in the foothills. In the early morning light in late October everything had an orange/brown tint. This is my first run at capturing that look. I used the same technique as the demo done in the workshop. I think this is a direction well worth pursuing.