I can not believe the week long workshop is over. It was just wonderful, and we kept very busy from the first day clear up to the last day. We camped at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus which is very near Sierra City, Ca, and on the Yuba Mt. elevation is about 5600, and 6,700 at the pass. Days were very nice, and the evenings cooled down pleasantly. There was a dinning room which had college girls doing the cooking for all, 14 in Bill's "Pastel and the Natural Light " group as well as a group studying spiders!! Everyone seems quite educated and serious about their chosen interests. Bill arrives with wine and cheese, and we all talked and got to know one another a bit before dinner, after dinner we all went to Lower Sardine Lake, which is about 20 min. from the Field campus. A bunch of the students, and Bill, got busy painting. I was just soaking it all in, it was wonderful!!!
Above is how the lake looks in real life, with the last of the sun's rays hitting is as it went down (the sun) And here is Bill's first painting of the workshop. To me it was like watching magic as he painted the light - - -and let that define the forms he was looking at. I knew I was in for a lot to learn from this amazing artist!! I really felt out of my comfort zone----then I thought, "What comfort zone?" I am still a bit new to this medium anyhow, so really, I just need to watch, listen, and learn!! Then go and paint more.
This was a demo Bill did for us at the camp that first morning, before we went any where--He was talking about the light and values to show that light.