After observing the changes in styles of painting and materials (Tempura!!!) we headed down to the Museum's art workshop: a fantastically organized yet artistically grungy place of brushes, paints, sinks, and lots of roomy tables. Each one had a vase of sunflowers upon it. (Ours was a little droopy.)
First, instructor Susan Roden, an expert artist in the pastel medium, had us do a quick sketch out of what view we saw of the sunflower arrangement. She had us use a blue pastel for the quick, "gestural" sketch, and then a white for any highlights we noticed in the glass jar, etc.
Then we went to color, finding a background by quickly using the sides of broken chalks to color vast areas. Then, more and more layers ...
Here's my Gestural and "finished (not quite) "painting" not quite). I'm very fond of gestural. Let's just leave it at that.
|On right, my first, quick sketch to "solve Problems." On left, I added many "Problems!"|
|Warthog Love (just kidding) but it's one of my few "loves" of my art|
finally, here is one of our teacher's works: She's awesome, in every sense of that overused word:
|Deep 4, by pastel artist and teacher Susan E. Roden|
|A limited palette, but I will become the Sunflower Queen of the World!|
Hugs, Tina in San Diego