Sunday, October 5, 2014
A thought from Ted: "Edgar Degas said that painting is easy when you don't know how but very difficult when you do..."
Ted Nuttall's workshop was challenging and productive. As we set off with our fears in our pockets, his technique taught us to slow down and savor each step, moving thoughtfully - with purpose. When we started to paint you could hear a pin drop.....each to their own style and cadence....focus.
Here are some of the participants hard at work....thoughtful work....
Ted and Jerry
Georg-Anne and Maria
Thank you to Ted Nuttall for sharing his tremendous knowledge and experience. We all agreed this was a wonderful learning experience, each of us taking something unique from his lessons.
A short summary highlight of Ted Nuttall’s September workshop in Homer
by MIke Murray
I chose “Feeling Groovy” because of the beginning lyrics in that once popular song … “Slow down, you’re movin’ too fast….”
Ted Nuttall began his workshop emphasizing the power of slowing down. “Be patient! I’m a tight painter so my paintings look loose (spontaneous).”
Ted talked, shared slides of his work and that of others, and demonstrated his style of painting each morning session, while afternoon was spent painting as Ted moved about the room meeting with each participant, offering suggestions, encouragement, problem solving, etc. The subject was portrait painting from photos. Ted also painted on any number of his own works from early morning until the start of the workshop each day. Participants could come in quietly and watch his process evolve as long as they were quiet and did not ask questions. This was a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the painting process he follows.
Ted works from his own photographs which he crops and often copies in black and white so he gets a good idea of value. He originally was a very high key painter (strongly influenced by Charles Reid) but has moved into much more vivid color over time. Still his paintings have a much lighter value than the photos themselves. He noted that photos tend to lie to the eye in terms of how dark shadows are. He also notes that you can always go darker by layering glaze over glaze. It is difficult to go lighter once you have a very dark value down.
He looks at shapes almost as small abstracts. Look at an eye like an abstract painting.He also spends a great deal of time looking –studying the subject. He never assumes a shape – and the importance of hard and soft edges and their use.
Throughout his lectures and examples Ted noted various other artists and references that we could study further. These included not only watercolor painters but also photographers, graphic artists, oil painters, etc. He noted anatomy and emphasis on looking. In order to see you must look.
He encouraged us to find a direction we wanted to go and pursue it each individually. Going back to the earlier tips – find something you are passionate about and then really focus on it.
Oh yah, and he gave us homework on the last day as we were getting ready to end the workshop. That’s like a teacher giving you homework just before summer vacation! Haha
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Bruce Sink, Arizona artist trained in Columbus, Ohio, gave us an excellent watercolor demonstration on Saturday. It's unfortunate if you missed it. We hope to see him back in the area next summer.
|Bruce applies frisket to light areas of a mountain scene.|
|A boat & water scene. He draws reflections upside down so he can view them as abstract shapes.|
|Bruce paints water and skies sideways to make the paint flow properly.|
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
August 2, is our Paint-In Demo by visiting artist Bruce Sink at Homer Art and Frame. TIME WILL CHANGE to 2 PM-6PM so we can have a social hour and snacks afterward. There is no charge for the demo, but please bring finger food to share. It is mostly a demo, but you may bring small art supplies if you wish.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
For our January paint-in we focused on painting
representations of glass with watercolor.
We brought in books and articles on the topic
as well as notes from Annella Campbell's workshop
last September. People discovered the process
was somewhat slow and tedious but the time spent
paid off with some nice results. Hopefully these
exercises helped people get a better idea of how
to approach transparent surfaces, reflection and
light bending that often occurs with glass.