Posted by: lmcg1 | February 1, 2008

Going to a workshop


Finally I am going to get to go to a new workshop. It has been a long time since I’ve gone to one. The last one was in September 2006, when I went out to the Federation of Canadian Artists workshop given by Kiff Holland. It was on how to paint transparent glass with watercolours. It was great, and I have had a great time painting still life with glass pieces. It helped with all transparent painting. The above painting is one of the glass ones I did this past year.

I am going to go to another FCA workshop, this time a three day workshop with Alan Wylie. It is for 3 days, in about 3 weeks from now. It it will be how to do old stonework etc in oils. I really am looking forward to this. I want to do some more old buildings, this time in oils, and this will be very useful.

I was reflecting the other day on learning how to do different things with paints. I have been quite selective in taking workshops, and haven’t done a lot. The ones I have taken have been specific to something I really wanted to learn about. This has served me well so far. I can take what I learn and build on it. I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure things out. I prefer to watch demonstrations of how to do rather than trying to read about it. I also decided that at this point in my life, past 60 now, I don’t want to take tons of time trying to find out about things – I want to zero in on something I want to know about and do an intensive workshop to see how it’s done, then work away at it. This seems to work for me.

I was really lucky to be able to do some foundational workshops when I was beginning that set me on a good path, I think. So although I haven’t done lots, the ones I have done have been elemental to what I want to do and where I want to go.

So I am looking forward to three days of intensive learning!

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