Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Week long symposium

Again, my apologies for the long pause between blog entries. I just got back from a week long watercolour symposium in Ottawa held by the CSPWC. It was 5 days of workshops from some of the best watercolour artists in Canada. Monday was a class on composition/design with Jean Pederson (I forgot to take photos). Tuesday was painting plein air (my first time) with Bill Rogers in the ornamental gardens at the experimental farm. Here is Bill during his demo.

Wednesday was a class on still life with Gerry Thompson. Here is a photo of her demo followed by my unfinished painting that I started on in Jean's class Monday and continued in Gerry's class.

Thursday and Friday I learned to paint figures from life (very quickly) and with Bill Rogers. Here is his demo in progress followed by one of mine. I still need a lot to practise to get the light ,clean look Bill gets.

On the Saturday I roamed the Byward market taking reference photos while many other artists painted in the First Annual Paint Out.

On Friday I leave to teach a two day workshop in Englehart. Next week I go down to the 7th annual Watercolour Meet with members of Wetcanvas in Georgina. Talk about a busy month! Throw in the fact that I am also working my regular job in between and you can see I have had no time for my own painting. I plan on changing all that in July when a watercolour artist from Australia will be staying with me for three weeks and we plan on doing lots of painting together. Stay tuned for almost daily entries during that time. :)

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