Painting the morning in the night

Last night I guided a small group through a paint and wine class at Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  One of my students had already taken classes with me, including the Absolute Beginners class and was happy to work through this painting  of winter solstice sunrise across the Salton Sea to hone some of the skills.

Students in painting class

We’re doing an underpainting to get rid of the white so in the final painting we’re not strugging with that aspect

Students in painting class

We’re painting the sky part of the top coat

Students in painting class

It’s easier to paint the bottom of the panel when it’s upside down.

Students in painting class

Adding the sun.

Students in painting class

All done!

 

More birds.

I only had two students in my Paint the Night class last night at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley, but they both had fun.  One of the questions were, what kinds of birds are they?  Jenibirds?  Blue fronted swifts?  This is a very popular image, and sometimes students use their own imaginations and create red-fronted Jenibirds, or once, blackbirds.

twopairsofbirds

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Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Underpainting going down

On Friday I ran the Paint-the-night event at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley – and had 11 students, many of whom knew each other, so they were enjoying the evening together.  We painted a scene from an open road through fields in the Ojai area – a painting I’d completed in watercolor many years ago and thought would work well as a paint night subject.

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Filling in the grassland.

One of the thing that I tell students at these evenings, is that their painting is not going to look exactly like mine – which is why art forgers are paid so much.

 

 

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Fences going in.

However this group all got really close to the painting we were working from!  The main difference was that I had yellow ochre deep – vs yellow ochre which I usually work with, and as I hadn’t used this before, I hadn’t realized how dull this color is compared to regular ochre.  I figure I learn something in every class too, so this was it for this one!

Paint-the-night paint and wine class

Most of the graduates. One had to go home because her baby was crying.

Birdy, birdy.

Painters at paint and wine evening

Three concentrating on making round blue blobs into birds.

Last night there were three students at the Paint-the-night evening at the Vanguard Gallery in Moreno Valley.  I’ve guided a different group through this painting before, in case it seems familiar, but they were all first time bird-watchers. They all had a lot of fun, and are looking forward to a different painting next month.  If you’re in the area, and you’re interested, it’s on June 23rd.  A great way to celebrate a TGIF.

Painters at paint and wine evening

Variations on a theme.

 

 

Class acts

I did two classes in the last couple days, the first one was a watercolor collage workshop in La Quinta, the second one was a Paint and Wine evening in Moreno Valley.  Seven people had a lot of fun and created some happy stuff.

watercolor collage class

Four Having Fun

watercolor collage class

Some of the results

Paint and wine evening

Underpaintings being finished

Paint and wine evening

Students going off in their own directions

Paint and wine evening

Student going off in her own direction

Paint and wine evening

The students wanted me and my variation in the pic too.

 

 

 

Having fun and having a cow…

havingfun2Yesterday afternoon during the post-lunch-pre-dinner lull, we took over one of the rooms at Eight4Nine in Palm Springs and held a watercolor collage workshop.  (The other half of the ‘we’ is Rick of Incredible Art Center.) A couple of attendees didn’t show which made it a class of five, three of whom weren’t sure about their creativity levels.  We fixed that! Here are some of the results.

Watercolor collage workshop students

Tom, Dylan with first collage, Laura.

Watercolor collage students

Dylan with second collage, Jim and AJ.

 

Just about every time I do a watercolor collage workshop, someone (usually someone who thought they weren’t terribly creative) does something that no one else has done before.  This time it was Jim who wanted a cow as an item on his collage. He like to cook and is collecting food or food-source related art for his kitchen. After creating his background, he wanted to put a cow-head shaped foreground piece and needed help drawing a cow.  I’ve actually never drawn one, but after a couple tries came up with an outline that he was happy with.  Additionally, he painted the face and shadow items on with watercolor after.  All the students were so engrossed in what they were doing, we delayed the delicious appetizers until the end of the class.