Friday, May 13, 2011

Arizona plein air painting workshop by Becky Joy

Lake Rocks 9x12 oil 
The Source  9x12 oil
OK, I don't know what the deal is with blogger. I posted these yesterday and it wasn't here today. I swear I did, I really did. Anyway, I painted both of these after two futile, unproductive days of wipe outs. I guess the old addage, " we have bad days to appreciate the good ones" applies here.  Some days do you all feel like you just don't know how to paint and need to start over? That was me two days ago. This business can certainly have it's ups and downs.

I've been busy now painting one of the closets after sheetrocking and texturing. And, I still haven't been fired! 
Today I should get some painting done this afternoon.

I also wanted to let you know that I have booked a time for a 3 day plein air workshop in Prescott, AZ at my friend Marla's ranch for July, 11, 12, 13 from 9 am to 4 pm for $150.
I will do a quick demo each day concentrating on different subject matters.
In the workshop, I will discuss composition, the basics of plein air painting, where to start, decisions to make and the steps to get to the final results. I'll talk about color, values and brushwork. We will use both the brush and the palette knife. I will go from student to student helping with each of their individual needs. At the end of the workshop we will have a critique for those that wish to participate.
I encourage each student to paint on a smaller size canvas, 11x14 the largest. The more you paint, the more you learn. So, if you are able to do 2 or 3 small ones in one day, you will learn more than painting 1 large painting.
For my list of supplies go to: only color that I would encourage you to add to your basic palette would be dioxazene purple.
Deadline for signup is July 5. You can mail me a check or go to my website

Talk to you all later,
Becky Joy

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