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Monday, November 9, 2009

Sandi D'Alessandro Workshop ~ "Harmony" Acrylic on Yupo Paper by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

Acrylic on heavy weight full sheet yupo paper, some collage

"Creating the "WOW" in Your Paintings: A Graphic Design Approach to Composition"

This is my today's effort in the Sandi D'Alessandro three day workshop at Artists' Showplace with 24 other artists and I will probably give it a few more "hot licks". I wanted just upper body figures but I think the figure on the right comes off as a full figure with a very large head. For awhile today this person looked like a very disgusted guy saying " I do not want to go to this party dressed as a girl." At the end of the day some of my friends suggested a too high forehead needed a hint of some hair and that helped.
This has been great experimental fun. I didn't have any reference material and was influenced by the painted surface of the yupo and worked intuitively. First we put gloss medium on yupo and painted it with liquid acrylics and scratched and made texture marks. I was so caught up in the process I forgot to take a photo at this point. Sandi said it didn't matter what color we used because we'd probably cover it up anyway and there was not a right or wrong way to do this. Sandi said this is the procedure when you go into the studio and you don't have an idea or know what you want to paint.
We let that dry while we took acid free foam core (I used a 16 x 20 sheet) and trowled on thick white gesso and let dry. Take the dried yupo sheet and begin painting. I turned it all directions to see if any images appeared or ideas. I went with the idea of two figures and began to negative paint around those images and come back and paint positively on the image. The foam core is for the Tuesday's project but to prevent curling I added a light gesso coat on the other side before leaving for the day.

Sandi is a teacher from Hardy, VA. near Roanoke and works with the high school and college, member of N.W.S and A.W.S. and is a very pleasant helpful instructor. Her teaching experience makes her a very good workshop instructor. She also paints on canvas and on board. She provided positive helpful suggestions to each of us when we hit a snag while working on our yupo. It will be fun to see class member's work on Wednesday. I'll make a slide show for you readers.

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Heartfire Arts said...

Hi Nancy,
I really like this painting! What fun you are having in those workshops, I love the direction your work is going with the figures...

Nancy Standlee said...

Hello, yes I enjoy the workshops very much and enjoy painting with friends and love working with the figures.

devotedmomof7 said...

Nancy - This is BEAUTIFUL!! It definitely has the WOW factor! I enjoyed seeing you again at the SWS meeting.

Nancy Standlee said...

I was glad to see you again and thanks for being my FB friend! The painting has been changed a little and will post the updates later.

Eva said...

Oh my, do I envy you! Sandi D'Alessandro is one of my all time favorite artists. A few years ago I visited one of the art's loft's in Roanoke VA where she had a studio and fell in love with her work then.Thanks so much for sharing her work along with yours and the others.You have no idea how much you have inspired me (again)!

Nancy Standlee said...

Hi, Eva "Hugaroos" I love the term and will probably steal it from you. The class was packed out (27) and Sandi commented on how hard we worked and since it was a 3 day we were very focused.