If you don’t like the cold weather and you want to get away, New Smyrna Florida is the place to go in January. The warm weather and kindly atmosphere of the Artist’s Workshop art center their will surely warm you up. I stayed at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast.
We started the first night with a demonstration in painting with the eco-friendly paints using a painting knife with M. Graham Walnut oil. If you are going to paint why not be healthy about it. Followed with a book signing of my new book, “Plein Air Painting for Everyone”. This was a very enthusiastic crowd and I was glad I brought the extra books.
The following three days encompassed a studio workshop with demonstrating, exercises, mentoring and discussions on how to use painting knives, but more importantly on how to develop a painting.
We started the workshop with a word or phrase for the artists to concentrate on though the workshop. The word actually was one of the painters name only by coincidence. The word was “Grace”. I find in workshops that painters put to much pressure on them and don’t give themselves enough forgiveness to learn and develop. When you are learning new things you have to be reasonable and patient.
I enjoy when I am able to mentor a painter, using acrylics or oil paint to develop and further themselves. The group had all levels of painters in it and the final products where remarkable with no two styles alike. They all told me they where learning so much. Each painter took what I gave them and as I emphasized, took the needed time to develop.
The painters requested that I return next year to teach a portrait class that emphasizes understanding the facial features using a unique program I developed.
This painting above was part of my workshop demonstration. I consider the painting abstract realism since the design and image can stand on its own as an abstract painting but has its connect to a realistic place, even a figure. The lighting and color are controlled to enhance the balance of the design.
It was on my last visit to Bluffton South Carolina that I met Annelore Harrell while I was painting a painting on the May River. She commented on my painting and offered some suggestions on other places that may interest me. On my next visit, I took up her offer to show me these locations.
She was such a delight and helped me to unravel the picturesque mystery of the historic Bluffton SC area in a rather short amount of time. I was unaware that there was an area referred to as Old Bluffton and that Myrtle Island was part of this area, developed as early as the 1940’s. So many picture and painting possibilities, but you need to know where to look.
Additionally, I want to thank all of the gracious people I have met through my workshop in Bluffton SC, through SOBA (Society of Bluffton Artists), I can not thank you all for how kind you have been.
Nov 19 & 20, 2011 – 2 Day Workshop
Day One: Plein-Air Figure at Penn Center (Historic Gullah Setting)
Day Two: Seascape Plein-Air Painting
Red Piano Too, 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC