Monday, December 05, 2011

busy weekend...

This weekend I attended the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico's annual meeting and luncheon. We have a meeting to discuss last year's events and progress, what we're doing in 2012, host new elections for board members, have a nice lunch, and then we are teated to a workshop by a well known artist. This year's artist was Barry McCuan. I believe he lives in Santa Fe, and exhibits at La Ventana in Santa Fe, Walden Fine Arts in Taos, and a gallery in Florida. He wife is also a well known painter.

To move on, here is part of his demonstration. He starts with a white canvas he has stretched himself and covers it with a thin mixture of transparent color. He then takes a paper towel and wipes out his sketch. It's quite interesting to watch.

He has his basic sketch wiped out, and he starts blocking in his darks. The small dark spots he's working on are sunflowers.

Here he has finished the darks and he has added some lights to the middle ground behind the large tree on the right.

Close up detail of adding in the yellow color of the sunflowers. He didn't finish the work by the time our event was over, but it was really interesting. He is also quite the character!

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