Today was a rainy and overcast day. Mitch started with a lecture and then set about painting a demonstration (see Mitch's painting in the post below). Wow--if you ever want to get your money's worth in a workshop.. take one from Mitch Baird! He tells you absolutely everything he is thinking while he is painting--which is totally great! All the participants were hanging on every word. Probably the most helpful thing for me (as it was last year when I took his workshop) is to watch the masterful brushwork. It is one thing to read about brushwork --it is quite another to watch such deliberate brushwork accompanied by narrative. When I went to do my painting I still made lots of the same old mistakes that I make..but I know I understood edges much better after that lecture/demonstration. After the water painting I roughed out a sky scene because I wanted to try to capture the gray. I managed good gray colors, but again ..not quite enough variety in brushwork. This will be my big push..better brushwork and edges/better grays! It was a FABU day--can't wait til tomorrow!
Both paintings oil on 9 x 12 canvas panels