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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Janet Rogers Workshop ~ Art Journal Pages

This is the portrait I painted in the Janet Rogers workshop. I think the color could be better but I enjoyed the experience, meeting Janet and some new friends. It was held out in the country, quiet and secluded, with animals nearby. Russell Farm Art Center is in Burleson, located on a Texas Century Farm, and it's an organization of working artists dedicated to fine art, with an emphasis on wood sculpture. (Check Janet and Steve's website to find out about their workshop in Italy in 2009.) I took a SWA workshop with Steve Rogers last October. The painting was from a photo on Port Bolivar and now Port Bolivar has been nearly destroyed by Ike. There are other posts about the workshop.

Art Journal Pages:

I'm still on the "stuff organization", trying to get on friendly terms with my computer, and painted my Joe T's square for a CBC project. Other CBC members there were Betty, Cindy Y and Maryann.The workshop was for 3 days and we did a floral first and then the portrait. I drew off the beach scene but didn't get around to painting it as Janet kept us jumping. We had to laugh at her because she moved so much it was really difficult to get a good photo of her unless we just said "Stop. We need a photo." She was an excellent instructor and walked the room answering questions when it came time for us to paint - always an endearing quality in an instructor.

This is my Janet portrait in my Cason All Media Sketchbook. This week I've gone over my notes and have included some Janet "sayings". Practice your color swatches, why did I do that, I love Bounty paper towels, (which she held onto like a security blanket, under her arm), make puddles, make color changes, don't count flower petals, I believe in swatches, adjust water from the puddle edge, try things, don't be boring, "smoosch" your edges and from US, "Why do you paint with one eye closed?" She reminds us to draw, draw, draw and we love her drawings and especially the drawings and paintings of big, pouty lips.

Here is a slide show of some images taken during the 3 day workshop. Janet knows her medium and can explain it now for practice, and more practice.

8 comments:

Suzanne McDermott said...

Regardless of what you think of the color, you got a wonderful likeness with movement and real character. I'm always happy to see your sketchbook pages and it's great fun to see the photos of paintings and people from the workshop - Thanks!

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I really enjoy your blog and your paintings. I have a Janet Rogers video and love her style of watercolor painting.

Sylvia Jenstad said...

Had to stop...this is so cool... Love your colours... amazing!!

RHCarpenter said...

Great portrait of your own, and loved seeing your take on Janet in your sketchbook, too! You should really send her a copy of that one. I have taken 2 workshops with Janet and she is wonderful - a good teacher and has a great style I'd love to get closer to in my own work. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Standlee said...

Hello, Suzanne, Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

Peggy, Janet has two dvd's and I put a link for a preview on a post 10/06. We need to all go to Lake Como in '09. Dream on...

Sylvia, Hello and I tried to use Janet's palette and use some new colors for me.

RHC..I did send Janet an email with the image and I had to put a roll of paper towels under her arm. I agree with you on style and trying to achieve that look. I would like to take another one but 5 days...what about Italy?

Bag Blog said...

I had a great time meeting you and your friends, sharing lunch, and seeing everyone's art. You seem to have done well with your lessons learned at the workshop. I am still not as loose as Janet, but her workshop was a great inspiration. I noticed that Steve Rogers has a workshop in the Dallas area next year in Sept. Hmm, maybe we will meet again.

Nancy Standlee said...

BB.. nice to have met you and what a great place to have lunch. They may use some of the pics on their art farm site. I've taken from Steve once and would enjoy a repeat from either. I haven't been able to practice like I'd hoped after the workshop. Hope to take another one with you.

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