A Week of Painting ~ Part 1

Black and White Value Studies
Back in February I learned that one of my favorite artists, Marc Hanson, was going to be holding a workshop here in Colorado.  I quickly signed up and was blessed to get a spot in the class!  The workshop took place this past week!  For the first day of class, we focused on doing value studies, learning to see in terms of terms of black and white values.  These are the 4 that I did.

Lily Pond
I choose this lovely spot for the first two studies.

Haystack Mountain
Later in the afternoon, I painted from this view of Haystack Mountain.

Marc Hanson ~ Oil Painting Demo
Our day finished with a painting demo by Marc.  I think I learned as much from watching him paint as I did from the exercises we had done!

Painting Value Studies
Day two was spent at Golden Ponds in Longmont.  Our assignment for the day was to paint the same scene four times.  The first was a three value black and white study.  The second was to add the half tones and highlights to the three value study ~ still in black and white.

Value Studies in B/W & Color
For the third, we switched to working in color, but stayed with a three value study.  Then for the fourth, we once again added half tones and highlights.  I learned so much from this exercise and found myself thinking back to it throughout the rest of the week.

Twin Sisters from Golden Ponds
We had a little free painting time at the end of the day, so I turned around and painted this view of Twin Sisters.  I didn't get it finished, but was able to get enough information down that if I wanted, I could do a larger painting from this study.

Left Hand Creek
On the third day, we headed a short ways up into the mountains to Buckingham Park.  Our assignment on this day was to think about concept, to focus our paintings on an idea or thought, rather than just randomly painting whatever we saw.  I loved the way that Left Hand Creek flowed around the bend through a tunnel of trees.  I tend to work small and these paintings are just 5"x7".  One of the things I'm learning is that I really need to be painting larger!

Buckingham Park "Cabin"
For this one, I loved the idea of following a path to a cabin in the woods.  In this case, the "cabin" is really an outhouse, but it has a great setting!

Marc Hanson Pastel Demo at Buckingham Park
We finished the afternoon with a demonstration from Marc of pastel painting.

Marc Hanson ~ Pastel Demo
Pastels are a medium which I am completely unfamiliar with, so it was a treat to watch it come to life!

Marc Hanson ~ finished pastel
Here it is complete!  Just gorgeous!

Nocturne ~ Downtown Niwot
The day wasn't quite over though!  We spent the evening in the town of Niwot, where we painted nocturnes!  Our light for painting came from the street lights and book lights clipped to our easels.  It's a real challenge painting in the dark armed only with a tiny light!  The colors all come out slightly different once seen in daylight!


Nancy said…
Love it!! Isn't it wonderful when we get to hone those talents that God gave us!! I find that is when I'm at my happiest. You did a fantastic job!!
Anonymous said…
I'm so glad to have you back with more treasures to see in your painting experience. So glad too that you were able to attend this class. We will all look forward to seeing more. So much work and time to update these blogs but they sure are appreciated and enjoyed!!

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