|Gregory Mortenson, Me & my son's famous painting|
5 full days of painting and drawing with Gregory Mortenson, that's what! It was another awesome workshop and I have tons of home work to do. It is so great to be attending again as after have a chance to absorb a bit what was taught the first time around, I felt slightly more competent the 2nd time around. Although my work did not make the wall of fame behind us as did my son's Lion in the Sierra, I was pretty happy with my progress :)
This time around I was not rushing myself as I did last time but really slowed down and enjoyed the process. In fact, I half wanted to just continue drawing for the remainder of the week rather than paint. But then Gregory started his painting demos and the temptation was just too much! The models hair was tied back for the drawing phase so that we could more clearly see the structure of her head but for the painting phase, she let her hair down so we could chose to paint her hair up or down...I could not choose so I left both showing in the drawing.
I was happy with all the practice I have put into life drawing lately as my sighting of proportions and angles came more easily this time around and I did not feel so overwhelmed by the crazy puzzle shapes of the finished block in. I must be making progress :)
I posted the drawing process below to show how the drawing progresses.
This is a photocopy of the drawing on the right and the oil transfer on the left. The transfer could be done a number of ways but this is such a nice method as the original drawing is preserved and can be used throughout the painting process and the lines of oil blend in nicely during the painting phase without being distracting.
If you get the chance and are in the area, check out future workshops at the Northwest Fine Art Studio They have some amazing instructors (huge understatement) coming up. It is like an art oasis and know I get to go again gives me something to look forward to (and to get my 'homework' done) in the future. I believe there are still a few spots left for the upcoming Ryan Brown workshop (wish I could go) and I get to go to the Graydon Parish workshop in August, SO excited!