Tuesday, July 26, 2011

workshop day 2 -- the stretch

It was just 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the Bridal Veil overlook. I am so glad I brought a collapsing cart in my full little trunk. I was able to load all of my supplies on the cart and then wheel it along the paved trail to the overlook. I have now used absolutely everything I brought with me on this trip (except for clean clothes!). 

I knew I wanted to paint the basalt columns across the river. In the top painting, you can see that I saw everything in shades of gray. Many things went wrong with this painting, but it set me up to discover what I wanted to focus on in my second painting. 

Standing on the Oregon side, looking across the Columbia River to Washington
My personal goals for this painting: to apply paint more liberally, to use more pure color, to use interesting brushwork. And, I accomplished all three!

A good workshop teacher gives you new ideas for your personal growth and development, as well as generously sharing how he/she "does it."  A great workshop teacher takes the time and interest to ascertain where each student is on his/her art journey, and then helps them figure out the next step and how to get there. 

Elio Camacho does all of that and more. What a wonderful experience! 


Suzanne said...

What a lovely workshop from what you describe. And the beautiful setting that you are capturing in your paintings. Great cartoon!

Ellemieke said...

Hai Catherine,
How great to accomplish all your goals today! Can't wait to see the pictures 'live'.
Funny, we almost met today! There was no space for our RV at the parking,....but it was our intention to see that fall today! We had a great evening with Peter. See you soon!

SamArtDog said...

Obviously oil paint. Duh.
I like the first "gray" one a lot. But the second one with all that powerful color shows where and why you were going where you went. Love the abstraction of it. And the, dare I say, mastery of the paint.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Hi Suzanne! I don't know why I forget about how much I love the Gorge and painting in the Gorge.

Ellemieke! Thanks so much for commenting on the the painting and on the blog! It was great seeing you today and we'll do more visiting on the boat!

Nick said...

Glad you enjoyed your workshop!