(Elio's illustrative explanation of creating form with directional strokes)
Today Elio challenged us to carefully consider the shapes/forms of things. There was much discussion about brushstrokes and how directional strokes help define things, bringing shapes forward or making them recede. Instead of painting the objects that we had out in a traditional demonstration Elio elected to just talk to us about these things and field our questions. After this we went to work on our own paintings. No flowers today...just bowls, pots, oranges and one major jug... so that we could concentrate on clear uncomplicated forms.