I am getting ready to hit the road, another business trip departure. I have been getting things organised and packing too. My friend jacqueline Coates invited me to join a one day Blooms workshop today. I have done all the Three day Blooms workshops, and seen her doing the one day format, but haven't done one and it sounded like a nice way to spend part of Saturday before several weeks of travel. Still, I was not sure I could find time for it, but agreed to come in for half the day and leave after lunch. I stopped on the way out of Angaston, at the Barossa Farmer's market and picked up catering Jac had arranged from a baker there, Eleni of Eleni's pies. She had several bags with the pies and also a dessert ready for me to put into my market bag and I headed onwards to Kapunda, to Salon Rouge Gallery, http://www.salonrougegallery.com/. Jac had a fire started in the small firebox there to chase off some winter chill.
At the workshop, we all found photo references ready to choose from. I picked a composition I have admired, a photo of red pears in a tree, with lots of green leaves. We had 45 cm square canvases to paint onto. First we transferred the composition to it, using charcoal and pencil transfer--a quick way to get the sketch and boundary parts onto the canvas. Then a tonal underpainting in monochrome, about 4-5 steps between black and white and those too. I have not done a painting in first in monochrome for a while, so this was a nice practice. I was not sure I would finish my painting today either, but wanted to get enough done for it to be easy touch ups to finish it on my return.
|colour layer of painting in progress|
palettes, reference, and a cup of tea
After working on the tonal underpainting, I began to apply colour. Working quickly and with as much confidence as I could. It all came together pretty quickly. First getting a lot of the darker greens and then adding some of the red and burgundy hues for the pears.
Some work after lunch got the painting to a good stopping point. It needs a bit of fine tuning on my return, but not much. All in all, for 4 hours work, I am pretty happy with it. It seems a lot of what I have done before has come together and this was not too hard.
|The day's stopping point, about 4 hours work,|
needs fine tuning to complete
After I got this far it was well and truly time to go, and I packed up, bid everyone goodbye and headed home to finish my travel preparation and packing. We have a party to attend tonight, so wrapping up and getting ready to go to that.
Bon voyage, more from the road and on my return.