Juggling Hats and Making Choices

We’ve been really busy since the winter quarter kicked in; even with Doug doing all of my model booking and a large amount of the Lafayette Studio managing, two months have slipped by since my last post. I’m not going to feel bad about it though… time in my studio and time in the classroom are the most important. (I am also resisting the incredible urge to work on my garden, which has been non-existent since our painting trip to Italy in 2012).

Sunset in Preggio with the painters
Sunset in Preggio with the painters
My sad garden
My sad garden

Since January 8, besides the 10 week winter classes,  we have had the Hands and Feet workshop at Lafayette Studio,

Real feet
Real feet
Pencil Foot
Pencil Foot

and the Portrait Drawing Intensive at Artu4ia in Martinez, both successful and well attended.

Hard at work drawing Amanda
Portrait Drawing Intensive at Artu4ia

At Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek, along with my other classes I have been teaching ‘Further Adventures in Color and Light”, part three of my color class series.

Joyce, painting the box
Joyce, painting the box

Part two of the series is “Painting the Still Life with Color and Light”; this was held last fall at Civic Arts, and I will teach it again this summer at Lafayette Studio

Demo, Painting the Still Life in Color and Light
Demo, Painting the Still Life in Color and Light

In “Painting the Still Life Like the Old Masters” I have been demonstrating in acrylic, still working out the problems:

Set up and underpainting
Set up and underpainting
working on grisaille
working on grisaille

I am enjoying the gestural underpainting and grisaille, but I am still missing the rich dimensionality I get with oil:

starting color on the still life
starting color on the still life

I am also working on a larger figure painting, which I will write about more later…

Dee and painting 3
working on grisaille

So, when have I had time to post?

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