I had the pleasure of attending a 3-day workshop with Colley
Whisson hosted by the Illume Gallery of Fine Art in Salt Lake City.
He created a non-threatening atmosphere by teaching us in
a relaxed manner with a healthy dose of gentle humor. Colley
shared a saying with us: "I am not a perfectionist, I am a
Here's the start of his first painting demonstration.
My version of it:
Colley's palette was limited to eight colors. He likes to emphasize
keeping the tones in the shadow areas warm and rich and also to
eliminate unimportant detail across the entire painting.
He painted a beautiful beach scene that was simple but well
composed. Note the reference photo on the left and an image
of his painting on the bottom right. He used both of these as
a reference to paint yet another version of the scene.
Here's my finished version.
This is a painting of a windmill outside a window that I
completed on the last day of the workshop.
Colley also showed us how to block in and complete
a quick still life painting. He said that it is a good
exercise for daily painting and suggested that it
should be completed in no more than 30 minutes.
If you ever have the opportunity to take a workshop from Colley
Whisson, go for it! You'll learn a lot from this master painter!