Last Sunday was a lovely painting day with a few new folks,
and one lady that painted with me atleast a decade ago.
Occasionally i will teach a class.
we walked about the yard and took pictures of trees and leaves, flowers and the orchids, oh the orchids!!!, and the mangoes in full summer blush in their colors of greens, red, orange and purple, and small flecks of white and hanging like ornaments from the tree's canopy.
All those devices that take photos and enlarge and crop for color, shape, and composition reference came out and soaked in the images of natures' beauty.
From these photos and my collection of floral calendars and other inspirations,
i asked them to make quick sketches on paper of what they see/saw.
( looking and seeing are quite different to me as i explain,often),
and then to make a few more sketches.
I see the mangoes and orchids were on everyone's radar yesterday!
As a painter i feel that there is no better inspiration and information than the real deal.
A photo is a wonderful reference but has not dimension nor fragrance to share with you.
One must remember many things when looking at the photo you took to inspire
and later pick out what you need.
Some elements will not appear in sketch. Then there are addition and color changes.
leaves moved around as you compose a balance sketch.
That is why this is such a good way to start a session
and why folks go on location
to the ocean, to Portugal (or any exotic place you can think of), or your back yard, to paint, to absorb, to really see and tell about what you experienced with out words,
to show me with paint.
And they surprised themselves!
flowers and leaves to inspire the eye and nose!
paint mixing on yogurt lids and test coaster below
let's peek over the shoulders and see what is happening.
came out amazing!
Her fabric mango came out lovely and went home with her before my camera was ready.
Sheryl sent a photo this morning of her painted yardage already
now heat treated, washed and ironed and folded. This woman was inspired!
for spending the day with paint brushes in your hands
and smiles on your faces!
Mahalo to ALL the folks that painted all these 20 plus years with me
and were encouraged to SEE!
Be well, See well,
Now i will attempt to link to :
Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre