Still thinking about this very incredible week, and its hard not to want to share it all with you. As we know, I do have a lot of words to share! This picture is just another one I have of the buttes in evening time, taken from the boat loading area. Tuesday began early with 7 o'clock breakfast, making our lunches ourselves, then a discussion of where to go. Bill wanted to talk about " Atmosphere" and getting those effects into your work. We car-avaned down a few miles into the valley floor, (Sierra Valley) to better see these effects thru distance. Looking into the sun's light, and placing mountains in its path, we could see how they " Blue" with distance, become both cooler and lighter as they regress back from the viewer, into the picture plane. Painting this with the correct value's and color was this morning's job.
|bridge over North fork of the Yuba river,|
One afternoon was spent at another beautiful lake, Salmon Lake. The people who enjoyed swimming, did for awhile, and others just found a good place to paint from. It was beautiful, and as the day passed, I sat on a rock next to another lady, then Bill joined us in the shade, and we all, including Dado painted this rock which was hit by light and sitting in the lake. Surprising on how close all the painting were, until it came to depicting the top of the water which was also hit by light, but rippling in the breeze. You naturally want to try and paint each rippling edge you see, one side in blue from the sky, and one side dark like the water - - - very confusing. I knew others were stopped at this point as well as I - -and I did remember to 'squint" my eyes as I looked at this - - -and darn, problem solved!! As you squint your eyes, the light all blended together as a colorful gradient coming down the lake toward you and gave you the solution of how to paint that. This is exactly what Bill did, and his gradient was beautiful - -as was DaDo's who also included in his a tree that was perfect on the left-hand side of his work. This was a great lesson, and learning curve.
The last day came surprisingly fast, and I was not ready for that but all good things do end. We placed all our paintings on the side of the dinning hall for a final critique with Bill how was always fair and helpful.
Here he is, just looking at all the paintings - - -each of us had done at least 7 to 8 - - -I also did , but won't post those! I have them along with my notes in a tracing paper pad to refer back to from time to time. I also want to post the works done by a young artist from Toronto, Ontario Canada who came all the way down here to paint with and see Bill's work and to see him work. Dalibor Dejanovic will be I am sure, a up coming new artist and will do very well in his career. I was very glad to see his work and to meet him.