Saturday, October 3, 2009

Griffel Classmates

Dwelling on how nice everyone was, I want to post some photos I took of my fellow students. When Lois sends the class list, I'll list them here and hope that some of them will join my Facebook Landscape group page: Landscape Painters on Boston's North Shore. (anyone can join)

Griffel - day 5

I forgot my camera so no location pics today. We painted at a private property built by a sculptor on a quarry in Gloucester--a dream location for sure. Lois discussed and demo'd the beginning process of the early Gloucester painters: using rose madder to do the underpainting, still stressing masses, and keeping the values in those masses. It was a little sad as we had such a nice group of people and had to say "goodbye". I'm glad it's raining on Saturday as I just can't paint another day in a row--so much for the painting-a-day ethic.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Griffel - Days 3 and 4

I had to miss day 3 of the Griffel workshop but was able to attend the group dinner at the Inn of Magnolia. The Italian catered dinner was a big hit and everyone enjoyed this social aspect of the workshop.
Thursday started with a demo designed to help us with the finishing aspect of our paintings. It was helpful to me to see the complete work being done from start to finish. After lunch we convened at Stage Fort Park to apply the lesson. Lois reinforced the lesson and it was really surprising how well everyone is understanding the process. One more day. Less hours though--we are all tired to the bone. I hope the weatherman is wrong, it's supposed to be in the 30's in the morning.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Griffel Workshop - Day 2

We painted at a oceanfront cove in East Gloucester in high wind. This morning's lesson is about second notes and reinforcing the lesson of yesterday concerning beginning blocks of pure color and correct values. After lunch we went to Folly Cove in Annisquam, and the subject was further defined by working on a close-up of folliage and rocks to get the half notes and third notes. A dinner is planned for Wednesday evening at The White House, now known as Inn of Magnolia. I'll be absent on Wednesday because of prior commitments but will try to make the dinner.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Let There Be Light

She said, "Go forth and vibrate", I'm only kidding. We had a wonderful long day that went by very fast. We learned about a week's worth of stuff about impressionist painting in one day, and we actually did some painting. As you can see in the photo, we were at a lovely place in Magnolia (for a quiet place, once the word got out, there was practically a traffic jam). Most students got past the initial block in and were applying another layer of paint. It was windy but warm, a great day! Tomorrow we'll be at Rocky Neck in East Gloucester.

Lois Griffel Workshop

I'm starting another workshop today. In the tradition of Hawthorne and Hensche, Griffel teaches impressionism. In my continuing quest for better color, she may shed some light (pun intended) on my color delimma. I'm up very early and ready to pack the car and head off to Magnolia, MA.