I'm in Ned Mueller's 3-day workshop at Carol Hansen's studio. Ned provided stacks of interesting reference photos for us to paint. (We had our choice of bringing in our own photos or choosing from the ones he brought). I opted to use his, but I felt indecisive about which photo to commit to. I decided to paint small studies instead of one painting. Ned stressed establishing major shapes and paying close attention to values.
At first I was going to do these value studies in just black and white...but Ned walked by and said "add some red, it will liven it up." This figure had great shapes and the warm (red) and cool (black) definitely worked well, just as Ned predicted.
The third study I did was this little landscape. It was a great day and it went by super-fast. We'll be back in the morning. To see more photos from the day....go HERE.
(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Dingy, oil on 8x10
Photo 2 Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Bearded man, oil on 6x8
Photo 3 Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Landscape, oil on 5x7
Photo 4 Ned's demonstration and lecture