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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Skip Lawrence Workshop ~ Day 3, Wednesday ~ Watercolor by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

Figure Watercolor 21" x 14
(some stamping, and Caran d'Ache)

LinkSmall Watercolor approx. 6" x 9" from Monday's starts

The Skip Lawrence workshop: Our days begin with a slide show discussing and showing examples of what our goal is for the day and for me, this is a good way to work. He talks about famous paintings and then Skip will demo and then we usually get some painting in before lunch and paint until about 2:30 and then we all benefit and enjoy a lengthy critique. Wednesday was all about the treatment of edges in designing a painting and in the top painting I tried to get a good variety of edges. It is really hard not to draw and fill in the blanks coloring book style. And yes, we want hard, soft and a variation of edges and then anything goes to get some interest such as scratch, splatter, smudging to give those edges some gradation and to travel from one shape to another in the process of connecting things. He kept telling us change colors but keep the same value. Things he has repeated are "You can't paint what it looks like but paint what it feels like" and "we separate things we should be connecting."
On the smaller painting above I took one of the Monday starts and painted and added some watercolor crayon to it. It's nice to have these extra starts to work on while others dry or you're wondering what the heck do I do now.
Wednesday was a long day for Skip as after class we had our SWS meeting and he gave a demo to a packed house. Stephen Quiller was there and some from his class at the Artists' Showplace.
I'll post slides of some of Skip's work later in the week. We are all enjoying the workshop and our workshop chairman, Pattie Bowler, has been taking care of all the details and doing a great job of taking care of us. She will be our next SWS president. Students are pushing their art supplies aside and eating at their work space or painting and eating and afraid to leave our upstairs cocoon ..afraid we'll miss something.

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Cheryl Wilson - O'Pry said...

Oh! I love the top one! Glad to hear you are having a great workshop. :)

devotedmomof7 said...

Nancy - Your post on the Skip Lawrence was great! I love hearing how the different professionals approach their workshops. You are especially well-suited for this one with your wonderful stylized figures. While I'm sure Skip had some super techniques to share, you already "skip" through life with your positive attitude that is reflected in your art!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks's been different switching to watercolors this week but I've loved seeing how Skip works with them.

Nancy Standlee said...

Oh..this is the "Cheryl" page.. Devoted Mom.. nice to see you Wed. eve. It is fun to see how the instructors choose to teach. I brought some acrylics to class today and he gave a short demo on them and I'll post later.

Carol Nelson said...

As usual Nancy, your thorough and thoughtful narrative of the Lawrence workshop lets all of us vicariously enjoy your experience.
I like what you wrote about edges.

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks, Carol for the visit. I didn't use my Venetian plaster! but there were several times I wish I had some. Skip likes liquid acrylics also and I will show his setup later.

Cathy Hegman said...

Nancy your blog is wonderful! I enjoy it! I am a big fan of Skip's I love his work and him. Great job of posting on the week! Looks like great fun and lots of good painting! Thanks again.

Nancy Standlee said...

Cathy, I admire your work and like your inclusion of the fish symbol and the story behind it. I keep searching for MY symbol. Thanks for the comment.