Monday, December 8, 2014

Fun at Joseph McGurl's workshop

 Time seems to have slipped away.... and I realized it had been a long time since I had posted so let me tell you about one of the neatest one-day workshops I have ever attended. It was with Joseph Mc Gurl. if you are not familiar with his work definitely look him up. His work though classical has a lot of atmosphere and feeling which is what attracts me to the landscape in the first place.

Since he does not work from photographs, he asked us to bring a plein air piece to redesign and repaint on a 9 x 12 canvas so I brought a piece i had done at lake Higgins this summer. Parts of this painting bothered me. I didn't like the way it was composed for one thing, and my canoe paddler looks as though he is paddling up rather than in the lake.

Here is my first painting.
This second painting is better, I did warm up the light and unfortunately for photography you can't notice all the subtle clouds I put in the sky. My paddler finally looks like he is paddling in the water so I am happier with it

It was a very interesting exercise to do this so I have begun to redesign some of my other pieces and I will write another post very soon on a piece I am doing for a demonstration coming up in january