Come join us for three days of palette knife painting the beautiful scenery around West Jefferson with a palette knife. Your paintings will be looser, bolder and simpler — full of texture. We’ll talk about composition, values and color — and of course using the knife. We’ll start with a demo, then lots of hands-on attention while you paint. In case of rain, bring some of your favorite landscape photos.
If you’ve never done a workshop at Florence Thomas Art School you are in for a treat! If you don’t sign up for my workshop, please peruse the other ones. There is a wide variety! The school is incredibly well-run. West Jefferson is beautiful, friendly and very supportive of the arts.
This is a recent painting of a waterfall in Boone, NC. I have been viewing a DVD by Jeffrey Hein, who is an amazing painter (www.jeffreyhein.com). He talks about using transparent darks and opaque highlights in this film. I remember him discussing his exploration into transparent colors a few years ago at the Portrait Society conference. That concept went right over my head. He again mentions that keeping your darks transparent helps with the illusion of depth and making forms turn. I won’t do his information justice, but I did accidentally find that worked in this particular painting.
I blocked in the stream area and some of the other darks with some combination of Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson Permanent and some Ultramarine Blue. I kept that transparency particularly in the forefront of the water. I think it made a difference in creating depth. I also kept it in some of the darks in the bushes with the green and blue.
Looking at the painting again I’m not happy with that triangle of trees above the bright green patch in the background — also the clouds follow that line as well. I’ll probably go back in and adjust those so they don’t look so contrived. But all in all I was pretty happy with this painting. It’s a combination of brushwork and palette knife. I didn’t try to demand that I do palette knife everywhere.
Of course the next day I went out and tried to duplicate that sense of depth with transparent darks and was not as successful. But it’s a concept that I want to continue to explore. In fact I think that Jeff Hein has an opaque and transparent version of all his colors on his palette.
All in all a fun weekend painting! Happy painting to you!!!