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.
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.
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.
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!
Most of the graduates. One had to go home because her baby was crying.
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.
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.
Four Having Fun
Some of the results
Underpaintings being finished
Students going off in their own directions
Student going off in her own direction
The students wanted me and my variation in the pic too.
Yesterday 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.
Tom, Dylan with first collage, Laura.
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.
In this class, the paintings all ended up really similar, despite the fact I gave free rein with placement of clouds, mountains, hills and sheep.
Sometimes it’s a big class, sometimes a small one. This month I goofed and brought the painting I’d intended to work with next* month – which is easy to understand when I’d been planning three classes next month and had the planner turned to September. Nevertheless, all the students, one of whom is a returning student, had fun painting ‘The Old Red Overalls’. Hmm, I really need to start picking some simpler subjects. One thing that teaching has taught me is how difficult it actually is for beginners or someone with just a little experience! The student on the left is an accomplished gardener and decided my ‘rows of crop’ were closest to red lettuce. Her crop looked a lot more like red lettuce. Good work all of you!