Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Day 3 of Ted Nuttal Workshop
I'm thoroughly enjoying Ted's approach to teaching the workshop. We begin the day at 9 a.m. with Ted setting the tone for the day and giving a slide show. This morning he talked about several artists. Ted's approach to shadows is to darken them with the same color, and he uses warm colors in the shadows. He does, however, tone the darks down at a certain point. He does that using a very thin layer of ultramarine blue. The result is a very lively painting.
I continued to work on my two pieces. I added soft colors into Bertina's cream dress and tried to use "sloppy dots" as Ted describes the bits of broken color he uses in his paintings. I also did a variegated background layer. Ted suggested I finish by enhancing her nose and mouth and adding a thin layer of ultramarine blue over the background and the shadow side of her hair. I was not happy with my application of the final layer of paint, but I am calling this done. I kept fighting with the 140 lb. Fabriano Hot Press. I do like the 300 lb. Arches better. Sometime I would like to paint Bertina again, after I have had time to become more comfortable with the new techniques.
Baby Bob needs a bit more work, but I want to consult the master. I also started painting an old woman who sold eggs and chickens at an open air market in the Dordogne section of France. Tonight I drew my granddaughter Jamie in preparation for another piece.