On day 3 we would move on from our block studies and meet in a part of Petaluma with clusters of historical houses in varying stages of disrepair and re-modeling. Here we would transfer what we learned about how light affects a cube-shape to the slightly more complicated house shape, still using the same principals. With all the character of these buildings juxtaposed with a ton of blooms there was a vast array of subject matter to tackle.
Camille started out with a demo of this building below, and even though this was a very gray and dreary day, she transformed the scene and helped me see the absolutely beautiful color of this kind of weather - it was very inspiring!
Here is Camille's first lay-in of color
Efficiently working on covering the canvas comparing one color to the one next to it.
And then it was our turn:
I had managed to develop some sort of cold... most likely catching something on the plane after not shutting the vent, so I was feeling pretty miserable in the morning and had a really hard time getting started. I decided to give myself a break and go easy in the task of finding the perfect subject....is there ever such a thing so I spent the morning walking around?
After lunch, nursing a warm drink and some decongestant I was somewhat ready to paint:-)
We were again using just a palette knife, which turns out to be a great way to limit the amount of noodling and detail you can get into. Camille made an excellent point by stating that: (I'm loosely paraphrasing) You can't stop noodling and doing detail until you have something to replace it with.
Very true indeed and focusing on colors and using a palette knife definitely helps in that process.
This was painted as the sun was starting to come out and I'm happy with the fact that I was using color in a much bolder way than I usually would to describe the sun's effect.