Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20 - apples, apples

 Carol Marine's Workshop
 Day 1

This past week I had the pleasure of spending 5 days with Carol Marine, teaching one of her highly sought-after workshops.    It took me over a year and a half to actually get into one, so it was with great anticipation that I arrived in Eugene, Oregon to learn all that I could.    As I slowly (very slowly:) move closer to teaching some day, I want to learn from the best and it's clear that Carol really knows what she's doing - and she freely admits when she doesn't, which is just one of her charmingly refreshing qualities as a teacher!

The week was so much fun!  Making new friends with a wonderful group of "new kids" and passionate painters was such a treat!   There was a lot of laughter shared amidst "getting ready for the races" in Carol's 10-minute boot camp exercises:-)  and learning from Carol's about the ups and downs in her art career before arriving at the joy of daily painting, which was truly inspiring in itself.

 Carol's Apples -
 Day 1 Demo

There were several demos during the week including demo 1 where I learned the value of being a methodical, deliberate, thoughtful and organized painter.   Carol doesn't even wear gloves and her hands stay cleaner than mine, and I'm wearing gloves?!!...If only it could whip me into shape to make less of a mess with my paint! 

Other valuable lessons I took from Day 1:
  1. After doing a ground in Burnt Umber, you can use the same color for the drawing.  As long as you don't dilute it with OMS you can wipe off the excess leaving a ghost image for when you start painting.
  2. How working from the inside out (from islands to oceans) can give you a painting with cleaner colors and more interesting edges.
  3. Reflected light is not as light as you think.
  4. How to create cast shadows with an umbra and a panumbra:-)
Carol has some great ArtBytes that include some of these lessons.

 10 minute apples by me


  1. Hi Anette.. I look forward to hearing about your workshop experience. I signed up for this workshop but had to cancel since I could not get away from work. Hopefully I can take one of her future workshops.

  2. It's been great so far!! Carol is very organized and has a lot to teach! I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it when you get a chance to take one of her workshops!

  3. Wel done you lucky thing!! Great post too


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