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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Carla O’Connor Workshop, Day 4, Thursday, October 11, 2007 ~ Lubbock, TX ~ Art Blog

Nancy's 11 x 15 gouache on 140 hot press paper
Painted today in the workshop NFS

(This post is the fourth in a series about a workshop in Lubbock, Texas. Please read previous posts to get the full story).
Our last drawing day with the model and she was a cutie, a granddaughter of one of the members and enrolled at Texas Tech and who wouldn’t want to try and draw her. Carla grabs her timer and gets us going and then we hear her familiar, Change, Change. She can be a tyrant at 9:00 in the morning when you want to drink coffee and visit with your neighbor but she has her rules so we fall in line and wonder “Is this painting potential?” Again she stops us with “Gather around” for a mini demo on how to design the whole page. Today it was the design principle “Imagination” and most of us failed miserably when she gave us an assignment. Let it be a wake up call for us. She gave us a list of things to include in the drawing and most of us put them about in the same places with little imagination. She wanted Original ….something that no one else thought of. We did more sketches and set ups for a future painting with just a few marks on the page since we’d have the model for a short time she wanted us to get the information down and paint them on Friday. In the afternoon we painted and Carla circled the room answering questions and seeing if the students wanted any suggestions or help. At 4:00 workshop participants were invited to a WTSC’ members home, Gale Webb. We had a lovely time still talking art and eating lasagna provided by Orlando’s Italian. We were privileged to have some chat time with each other and Carla. Thank you, Gale and Jerry, for your hospitality. Gale will be giving a workshop in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in April 2008 for the SWS.
Lubbock has a great evening of art, music and food the first Friday of each month and it showcases local art. Maps are provided and free trolleys run and the event is free and open to the public. First Friday Art Trail runs year round on the first Friday of each month from 6-9 p.m.
November 10 and 11, 2007 there is an Artist Studio Tour planned. Pick up a map and catch a free ride on a Citibus and they will run continually in a loop. Plan to Take in the Local Color, the tour, and visit 9 participating studios, with 50 artists sharing studio space. There will be painting/drawing, ceramics, fiber, glass, gourds, jewelry, leather, metal, miniatures, mixed media, photography, and wood.

Lubbock is a happening place when it comes to art.
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Margie Whittington said...

Nancy, the workshop sounds fabulous!!!!! Your painting of the girl is fabulous !!!!!!!!
Thanks again for sharing so much info with us about the workshop, Carla, Lubbock and so much more.

Cecelia said...

Very nice, Nancy! Love the colors and the whole piece.
I think your workshop notes are sticking with me. I was dreaming about going to a workshop last night! I was looking for some suitable paper to write a note to the instructor and a gift to give that person from the group. All I could find was a pair of guest towels with Santa Claus on them and a piece of notebook paper. Kind of a funny dream!
We have a First Friday Art event in Bryan, now, with music, demos, shops open, and carriage rides. I haven't been able to go, but, maybe, next time.
Loved going to the workshop with you, throuhg your eyes, at least.

ART STUDIO 200 said...

So wonderful, all of it, Nancy.

Have to take a Carla Workshop !! Love her DVD.
Thanks for posting !


Nancy Standlee said...

You would love Carla and hope you can someday, Kathy.