Thursday, May 7, 2009
Detail Gouache on gessoed WC Paper
I sat down a little while ago to drool over the new Springmaid Beach Watermedia brochure for the Fall '09 Workshop. Someday....I wistfully tell myself...Someday I will make it to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the fall for Springmaid! Five days...oceanfront...to paint and paint and paint! www.springmaidwatermedia.com
Carla O'Connor A.W.S.-D.F., N.W.S. (www.carlaoconnor.com) is one of the instructors again this fall. A few years ago I did take her workshop here in Florida. Was wonderful. She's a crazy lady! Lots of fun but serious about art! I just looked through some pieces ...mostly unfinished ...from that workshop. Today I am posting "Little Joe". This is gouache on dry gessoed 140 lb Arches paper. I absolutely love the hair and beard! As I recall, working from one of our own photos, we were given 15 minutes for this exercise...and then it was on to the next one! No time to fiddle and piddle...Carla's compositions are based on the figure stressing a strong bold design using the human figure for inspiration.
Carla is only one of a number of award winning artists participating. The drawback for me is that it's strictly "watermedia" no oil...however, maybe I can deal with that since acrylics are often my medium of choice anyway... so....Someday...