Saturday, May 12, 2012

Workshop Paintings


These are a couple of my paintings from Qiang Huang's workshop in April.  I meant to post them earlier, but in the craziness of the past few weeks, it slipped my mind.  The one above was done on our last class day, and I painted it with a palette knife.  I struggle with my work being too tight, and working with the palette knife seems to be a great way to free up my mind and my brushwork.


This was painted on our first class day.  During the morning, Qiang demonstrated his high key painting techniques, and in the afternoon, we spent several hours working with our own still life set-ups.  I learned so much from his lectures and demonstrations, but I gained a great deal of insight from his thoughtful critiques of my work.  I have only been fortunate enough to attend three workshops, but in all three, the critiques have proved so valuable to me.

This next week, I am headed to Austin for a portrait workshop with Fongwei Liu.  I am so excited!  After that, I hope to settle in for a summer of painting, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity to study with these two artists.  I will post more about Fongwei's workshop next week.

On a side note, I have 3 packages of 6x6 Ampersand panels that I would like to give away.  I love the quality of the panels, but I cannot seem to paint on such a smooth surface.  And I don't like to see things go to waste.  So, if you would like them, just let me know, and I will send them to you ASAP!  Thanks!

Happy (early) Mother's Day to all of you.  I hope you have the most wonderful of days!

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10 comments:

Karla said...

Wow Darla! Beautiful paintings! When you sign up for a workshop you don't fool around. You go right for the big guns. Best wishes with your next one in Austin. Can't wait to see your paintings from that one.

Darla McDowell said...

Hey, thanks, Karla! I am so intimidated by the thought of a portrait workshop, lol. I love Fongwei's work, though. So, I am planning to put my inhibitions aside and paint with childlike abandon. Cross your fingers for me! :)

Sonya Johnson said...

These are both fabulous, Darla! It sounds like the workshop was a great investment of your time, and I would also find critiques from such an accomplished artist to be invaluable.

Thanks for the link to Fongwei Liu's blog - his work is wonderful, and I can see why you have signed up for his workshop as well; I'm sure you'll have fun and learn a lot!

Darla McDowell said...

Thank you, Sonya! So happy to hear that you enjoy Fongwei's work. I will try to take pictures of the workshop to share with you. :)

Page Railsback said...

Darla..I absolutely love your recent work..as you know..esp. the palette knife work..you are on fire...these workshops are moving you to a wonderful place..inspiring!

Linda Nickles said...

I really like the texture you achieved with the palette knife, Darla. Great work!

Darla McDowell said...

Page and Linda, thank you both so much. Your encouragement means a lot to me. :)

Maga Fabler said...

Very interesting post. Thank you for sharing the workshop feedback. The both works are very good. Especially the white-and-red one is very intriguing.

Lisa Daria said...

This palette knife painting is stunning! I love how the edges dissolve and move in and out of the background - yet, there is still structure in the objects. Also, the color in the vase is spot on. Are you using any medium, like cold wax or anything in this?

Darla McDowell said...

Thank you, Maga and Lisa!

Lisa, since Qiang's workshop, I've actually stopped using any medium. It seems to have helped with my paint application. On the palette knife painting, I had blocked in the basic colors of the vase and tomato. Then, I used my palette knife to finish it up. I think that may have helped to give it the structure you see. Thanks again for your very kind comments! :)