Again, the joy I receive while watching the faces of these 20 students watch a master is beyond compare. I truly get a kick from organizing workshops. Several on the horizon for 2009.
The hotel, Marriot Residence Inn, hit a home run with everyone from outside the area. Charles and Judy said this is one of the better accommodations they have ever been offered. The management enjoyed our artists (after all, most business meetings are stuffy and demanding)...they even let us overflow out into the main dining room from our meeting room and enjoyed watching the paintings develop.
We had rain the first 2 days, then on Wednesday the Ozarks performed one of its miraculous weather tricks. Perfect blue skies, a cool morning, and peak temperature around 70. We set up in historic downtown Rogers, complete with antique Frisco Railroad caboose, and 100 year old buildings.
Here are a few photos from the first 2 days.
Charles drawing Lisa, our model for the day as he explained seeing shadow shapes.
First painting on the left is a monotone showing the shapes,
middle drawing with a bit of color, and softened edges,
and #3 in progress full color
the afternoon painting session
Day 2 model, my favorite China Doll, Erika
One of Charles favorite things to paint, a double pose with a profile and a full face
before he added the sky and beach
I got plenty of painting time because these artists brought minimal gear, and knew how to set up, move around, and adjust. Painting mobile is such good practice for artists. You learn how little you really need to do good work. I even painted sitting down, with a chair for an easel. By the last day, I was trimmed down (well, my gear was) to a cute lime green jelly briefcase that Erika gave me...just perfect for mobile painting!
More to come! We made some great new friends, saw some old great new friends (not old, just knew them already), and got to spend some time with some of our great local friends. A fabulous week, with artists who were thrilled to be in the same room with Charles.
Haven't strayed too far from my chair today...ain't laptops wonderful?