Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This piece is pushing towards the completion of a demo that I started at the workshop I delivered on Saturday on painting water. Weather had postponed the previous workshop this one was placed in a different venue that wasn't the best place in terms of acoustics, equipment and layout. However, you work with what you have.
The original demo piece was painted a month or so ago. This piece is in a lower key and is a smaller version, measuring 8" x 10" in acrylic.
I painted the beginning shapes and blocked in colour, trying to create some values to give the piece form while I had time. I never seem to have enough time to really develop a piece at a workshop demo, perhaps because I was created a more detailed painting, so I lay the traditional path on canvas, then encouraged participants to create their own pieces based on that direction. I continue to circulate to provide feedback and assistance and take more time at various points to develop my demo piece more.
I know participants at workshops like to get down to the business of painting, and theory exercises becomes a bit tedious for them, no matter how valuable. Finding the balance between providing technical knowledge and putting that into practice on a piece can be a challenge sometimes and may have to do with the level of experience of individuals and where they want to go with their art.