Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time for Art Workshops!

Lessons from two famous Artists 

ERIC    5 - 19 - 14        I'd been Waiting for that DAY! - the art workshop day with Eric Jacobson. He's a well known plein air artist who was invited by Plein Air Painters of Oregon (PAPO) to teach both a 3 day and a 1 day workshop to its members. We all met at Dillon Falls  south of Bend on the Deschutes River to enjoy an oil painting demo by Eric of the meadow and distant trees. The sky was low and gray, and a mist hung in the air, and when it finally began to rain we all huddled together under umbrellas watching Eric produce a tiny jewel of a painting.

Eric Jacobson


 As the rain came down harder a new plan for the day had the group driving in-line to Shevlin Park where we could paint under the shelter. The rain stopped, the sun peeked through briefly, and the artists all had a productive day, each finishing up with 2 paintings. 

Eric's jewel - an 8X10 Oil
Shevlin Park Aspens - Vivian's effort

DAWN  6 - 5 - 14         Another day dawns -  It's June and time for the 3 day workshop with Dawn Emerson in her new Terrebonne studio. Dawn is Famous for her innovative paintings with pastel and mixed media and she's also a veteran teacher who taught us, her 6 students, her amazing techniques and style. At least we got to see them and try them! The first day began with a demo of a veiled woman in charcoal - the basics to begin with - then it was our turn with the charcoal. 
Dawn Emerson and her charcoal woman to the right

The next 2 days passed in a similar  fashion with step by step teaching demos which we tried to copy using different subjects but drawn using the same techniques. We did many pastel and charcoal works using either photographs or 2 live models. I learned SO MUCH! - but now I'm on my own!! Oh!

Here is our model and the drawing I did.  Vivian Olsen

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