This was my demo piece today - the students asked me to paint something with glass - which isn't my first choice for a demo painting, but I dove in anyways. This was 8X8" and painted up without incident. It always fun to see how much I can leave out and still make something read, and here I left out a lot of information in terms of the small shapes in the glass, but it I think it worked. Less is usually more.
Here's me and my group (I'm the blonde in the front row) - a great bunch with wonderful energy.
I threw everybody in to the deep end of the pool, with only three days to hammer in a lot of basics - design, drawing, tonal relationships, temperature relationships....all the basics of representational painting. I am more convinced than ever of the value of daily painting as a teaching tool. As usual, there was some frustration rising initially, and some were needing to "take a moment" to decompress when frustration rose up, but, without exception, everyone persevered and in the end seemed as proud of their efforts as I was of them.
Great work gang! Also thanks to the folks at Whistler Arts Council and at Nita Lodge for looking after me so well. I'd come back here in a heart beat.