I decided to take on that responsibility and on June 26, Karl took a group of 11 artists into his process and showed us how he makes his magic work. He brought with him several wonderful examples of his small studies, 6X8, and their larger counter parts. Karl also did a demo in the first half of the workshop illustrating how to block in the image and work out the values of the painting from the smaller study and photos.
The second half of the workshop we attempted our own enlargement. Karl dashed from one artist to the next giving us suggestions or helping with composition and value problems.
It was a great workshop with a lot of interaction not only with Karl but among all the artists in attendance. I want to thank everyone who participated in this great event. Everyone contributed and learned from Karl and each other.
Thanks to all the attending artists: Lynne Fearman, Paul Chamberlain, Lucy Chang, Maureen Stehle, Arlette Menard, Marian Fortunati, Dori Marler, Carol Ling, Georgia Jung and John Kafka.
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I continue working on this canvas in the studio. The scene is looking north from the same spot as the first painting. Again you can see the algae rimmed stream running through the wash and the hills in the background. In the studio, I defined the hills and reshaped the tree to the left.
The growth I have experienced through this class has been fantastic. Thanks again Karl.
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The California Art Club had a paint out at the start of this month. On Sunday I went to El Matador State Beach with my fellow member Marian Fortunati. It was an amazing day with hazy morning clouds that hung over the cliffs. This was my first time at this beach and it is spectacular with many rock formations and arches. The walk down to the beach is steep and a little scary for me since I am not great with heights.
Marian and I ventured part way down the stairs and set up above the water looking at the northern coastline on a little spit of rock. Other artists where already there painting and many more came later. The haze was going to burn off quickly so I had to capture the softer sky and colors very fast. I loved the vertical cliffs that nearly touch the waters edge. And that lone tree where the cliffs meet the rocks is so captivating.
When we stopped for lunch and climbed back up the stairs, we realized that we knew many of the other artists who came for the paint out. After lunch we had a critique by Sharon Burkett Kaiser, who commented on our paintings. Thanks, Sharon for the great advise and organizing this fun event. Comment on or Share this Article →
The last day of May was also my last plein air painting class with Karl Dempwolf.
The class hasn't been able to meet since April, so I was concerned that
I would be a little rusty but it seems I have repeated the exercise
enough to make it instinctive.
With summer approaching, this view of the mountains and the stream running through the wash, was shrouded in a morning haze that was sure to burn off later. The colors are now turning from the lime green of springs new growth, to burnt orange and sienna. The water is still running due to the recent rains in the mountains, but because of the warmer weather, there is more green algae around the edges.
I have enjoyed these classes with Karl and am sorry to see them come to an end. Karl is a mentor who has been a talented and generous teacher. Thanks Karl!!!!!