10 x 8, oil on board
This was one of my class studies, it was a piece Karen has in the Morris & Whiteside Galleries on Hilton Head Island. She said she learned a lot from this piece, so the first day of class we all gave it a whirl.
I'm fresh back from a painting workshop with my painting idol, Karen Jurick. If you haven't seen her paintings, when you are finished reading, click back on her name and check them out. They are all such little jewels. Each one oozing with incredible personality. Just like Karen, hmm... interesting how that works, isn't it?
Looking back at the week, I learned so much, but I have to say the biggest lesson was: don't worry about rules, let go and free yourself of what "they" say you should do or not do. She paints from pictures she takes ("they" say this is wrong, ha!) and demonstrated over and over again that you can take a mediocre snapshot and turn it into something fabulous. Be creative with your color and if you don't like something in the picture-change it! Yeah, I know, duh, but sometimes one has to hear something over and over again until one actually really hears it and takes it in.
As you probably already know, one of the great benefits about going to workshops is all the great people you meet. This Yankee from Wisconsin was in a room with southern bells and their amazing accents. I've never heard so many you'alls in one week-what a riot! See us all oogling at our teacher while she demonstrates her techniques.