Saturday, January 31, 2015

Expressive Paintings

Just completed a wonderful two day workshop
"Expressive Paintings from Photos" 
at South Shore Art Center
with 10 amazing artists.

My demo from the first day below.
Notice how I divide the palette in half,
darks on the right, lights on the left. 
A great way to keep your colors clean! 

The first exercise was a value study plus one color. 
I had them plan out the value plan directly on the image.


Then the "Limited Stroke" exercise.
Again they had to count the strokes ahead of time, 
right on the image.

I just love this. 

Now, below is a sampling of more work done.
Sadly, I was so excited the whole time,
I didn't get images of everything!  

 Now, this gal used an image she took by pausing
her TV during a movie. 

She was able to capture the men's fear and the 
cold, eerie feeling of the scene beautifully 
in her painting. 
Every value, color and stroke was geared toward that goal. 

As always, I learn so much from these workshops. 
A great big thanks to all the talented and dynamic 
My batteries are re-charged and I am ready to go!   


  1. Looks amazing! I love your simple approach to such a complicated endeavor. Thanks for your generous sharing, and to your wonderful students.

  2. Fantastic post. Love your value studies. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a great workshop. Looks like EVERYONE had a great time and learned a lot. Fabulous!

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