Today was the first day of Randall Sexton's plein air workshop sponsored
by the Illume Gallery of Fine Art here in Salt Lake City, Utah.
It was fun to be a student again!
Because it rained, we stayed inside. Randall gave us a
demonstration using an image from his ipad as his subject.
It was the Union Train Station here in Salt Lake City.
Here's his palette...
And his image...
His Initial block-in (there wasn't time for him to finish).
So, instead of blathering on about all the cool things I learned today,
I'll just post a few notes and images for you.
Randall suggested that we premix the general colors of the big
shapes in our composition. Here's my palette.
He demonstrated how to block in in a tonal way by working
the shapes in his composition from the inside out. A linear
approach would be to draw all the shapes with lines and then
color them in (which is a habit I'm trying to break).
He suggested that we remember we aren't painting "things,"
rather we are painting the differences between things. This
means that along with drawing the form of an object, you should
also consider the negative space surrounding it and use negative
space to help carve out the shape of your object. I finally
"got this" about halfway into my painting.
Mr. Sexton's friendly personality contributed to the atmosphere
in the classroom. He is a wonderful instructor! Here's my
finished piece and now, I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings!