It was unseasonably cold at the Women's Forum in Corbett today. There was a steady stream of tourists throughout the day, but they didn't disrupt us much, milling around behind the wood fence that separated us. Elio started our day with a demonstration. He emphasized directional strokes, temperature, color relationships, perspective, creative expression and the use of plenty of paint. I know I have said it before, but it is remarkable how Elio gets around to each student and tailors instruction to where the student is. Elio told me candidly that my work can sometimes look scratched and scrubbed in. "Place one stroke down next to another without scratching it onto the surface", he said. I spent the rest of the day emulating a solid deliberate stroke...sometimes successful, sometimes not. Truthfully, it is much harder than you'd think..because in order to be deliberate clear decisions have to be in mind prior to placing the paint on the canvas. I had to leave a little early, so I didn't get to see Elio's evening demonstration. Maybe I will get to see the results tomorrow. Never pass up an opportunity to take a workshop with Elio if you get a chance--you'll never regret it!
(Top) Workshop Painting: Celeste Bergin, Gorge from Women's Forum, 2010, Oil on canvas panel, 12 x 12 inches.
(Middle) Workshop Painting: Celeste Bergin, Gorge from Women's Forum II, 2010, Oil on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches.
(Bottom) Workshop Painting: Celeste Bergin, Gorge from Women's Forum III, 2010, Oil on canvas panel, 14 x 11 inches.