Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Valparaiso, Indiana, Workshop

"Dogwood Time" 8x10, oil

Indiana is proving a lovely place. The grounds of the Art Barn are filled with wildflowers this week. For my oil demonstration yesterday, I painted the dogwood in front of the barn. Using Multimedia Artboard, which is a very absorbent surface, I blocked in the painting rapidly with simple colors, making sure to reserve my lightest lights for the dogwood blossoms. We had a few clouds roll in, which "killed" the lights for a bit, but I waited until the sun returned to capture the dogwood in all its glory. This 8x10 demonstration took about 45 minutes. I do like the Artboard, because the beginning layers of paint set up quickly, allowing following strokes to break in a pleasing way.

4 comments:

rob ijbema said...

i've always been impressed by your bold yet delicate blossoms michael,lovely!

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks very much, Rob!

Houston emergency room said...

Great painting, they sky and where it meets the barn roof is really impressive.

Medyum said...

Great painting, they sky and where it meets the barn roof is really impressive.

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