We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us to realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso
We are a group of artists from Northern Rivers, NSW

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Workshop. 12.11.2011

Dear friends,

I have considered some of the comments I have heard from the members of the group on various occasions, and decided to have a still life for our next workshop on Saturday the 12th of November.

We will look at some principles of selecting colours/colour schemes for compositions. These rules apply not only to the still lives but in general to all paintings (if they are colour oriented - there are some other things which help to unite the image, but we will leave it out for now).

Jan, we won't have a tree, of course, but the same principles apply to all fluffy objects, and we will have some flowers, so you will have a chance to practice painting uneven shapes with very uneven surface.

Bring the medium you would like to use. Oil and pastel are the most efficient. Water-colour may need some time to dry - so consider a time aspect. Using dry water-colour techniques (the same as you used in Leonie's workshop) won't produce a problem of drying, but it will look very boring. That painting style does not have many artistic qualities.
Bring all materials for the painting medium of your choice.

I will provide the props, but I will be grateful for any contribution: plain coloured fruits and vegetables of simple shapes,  non-transparent objects of plain colour and simple shapes without too many details on them, artificial flowers (dahlias and asters especially for Jan Petroff, please) — or long lasting live flowers.

I will set up a couple of compositions to show the principles of colour combinations.

See you on Saturday!