Today's workshop was "Finding Rhythm in the Painted Figure" and I loved it. The instructor put us through four exercises to freshen up our figures and our paintings in general.
The painting on the left was called "Fifty Brush Strokes". We had to try to get as much of the painting done in 50 brush strokes. This was our third exercise of the day so that our model could take a break.
The first exercise was to get in a gesture of the figure in shapes, using additive and subtractive techniques. The second exercise was to paint into the same painting with just our highlight shapes and shadow shapes. Fun!
Our last exercise was a rub out. Acrylics were tough to work with on this one as I was using a gesso board and the paint was drying too fast. The Acrylic dried before I could lift it out. The oils worked beautifully for this exercise.
Thanks to the Chestnut Group for putting these workshops together for its members. Thank you to Shirley was a great workshop today. Our model today was an excellent model and a very pretty girl but you can't tell that from these paintings, sorry.
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.