Watercolor on 140 lb paper
Skip Lawrence is in Dallas for the Southwestern Watercolor Society for a 5 day workshop at Asel Art. Can you imagine the temptation of being upstairs and over one of the largest art supply stores in Dallas and being enticed at every break. Fortunately they do not run a tab but you pay at every purchase. Skip was scheduled in February but was snowed in and I think everyone showed up today as we have a full house. I will post a slide show later in the week of some of his demo paintings.
We spent the day talking about how art is personal and we explored how to make our art personal and unique to us. He cautioned us not to copy him but to take chances and paint some of our own ideas. Skip talked about Georgia O'Keeffe and how different her floral paintings were.
Georgia O'Keeffe - "I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to ... I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-- things I had no words for."
Skip talked to us about how a painting needs a good technique, design and ideas. To get us started we took a full sheet and taped it off into 9 sections and tried to turn some of our emotions into ideas. For example, sad, lonely, a sunny day, a party at Pattie's were some I tried. I didn't get finished but had to move on to start my larger painting. It was not working on my half sheet of paper so I turned it around and tried to find a mood and refined with some figures. It may or may not be finished.
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