Friday, February 27, 2009

Landscape with a figure .....

This is crap!!
I will say that before anyone else says it!
This is what I did at a workshop today ....the theme was a landscape with figure/s.
The artist taking the workshop, Ray Elwood, was excellent. He is mainly a watercolour artist and that was what he did in his demonstrations. He did two demos ....I could have watched him all day .....
He had lots of ref pics of landscapes and figures and we had to pick a landscape and paint it adding a figure. I couldn't find one that I really liked and so I was only half hearted in painting it...... it shows ....
I could have done my own thing as he did say that at the start of the class ....maybe that's what I will do next time.
Sorry JJ ....I didn't take notes .....


  1. Anne do NOT beat yourself up. Rarely does anybody paint a really good painting in a workshop, unless they themselves are professional artists. I know one professional artist who says his workshop paintings leave a lot to be desired. They are NOT meant to be good paintings. They are workshop paintings, you are learning a new technique. No-one expects it to be good. This painting is a tool for your future works.

    Having said that you didn't do too bad, and you had fun. That is the best part, and you will remember this workshop for a long time. As you continue to paint, little things the teacher has told you, will pop into your head and you will incorporate them into your work.

    Everytime you look at this painting, the workshop will come back to you and so will his advice. Keep this painting handy, to remind you, that is a good thing.

  2. there's a lot of good stuff going on here. Did you learn anything? that's the most important part.

  3. As JJ said Anne, don't beat yourself up over this...OK ;) *hugs*

    Your painting is in the 'beginning' stage of completion, you need the keep working the values...;)

    In my experience with workshops, you go to learn a technique or style and you have to work on it to perfect it so that means putting it into practice and it takes a lot of practice to master. So don't give up to quickly Anne because the more you paint the better you get at it! ;)

  4. I always do my WORST paintings at workshops...I try so hard that I cancel myself out...does that make sense?
    My motto for workshops is..(when I remember to follow it) "Take what you like and leave the rest!"


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