Friday, March 4, 2011

Girl in Yellow Dress - by Li Mahalik

Oil on Panel, 9x12

About two weeks ago I took a five-day plein air workshop with Kim English, a brilliant painter from Colorado. The workshop was grueling as the models were instructed to change post every 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes. So we painted, wiped off or changed supports quickly, trying to compose, block-in, mixed the right colors and values as best and as fast as we could. Most people got to do a lot in each painting but I could only often come up with just the figures, like the one above, which Kim was very fond of, nevertheless.  It's the most valuable lesson I've learned so far and I've got nothing but admiration and respect for Kim.
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