Today was day one of Za Vue's two day portrait workshop. She gave a lecture, did a black and white demo and then we used some projected slides to paint value studies in black and white. She timed us, and we were not allowed to dither. We were looking for just three values, dark, mid-tone and light.
We had to paint fast and everyone agreed that the lack of time helped us. No time to worry about detail.
Later Za did a color mixing demonstration and a block-in demonstration. In the afternoon we had 2 live models. We all did two color block ins. (This is my 2nd one). Again, we were given time limits and this made us make quick and solid decisions.
At the very end we lined up as many of our studies and block-ins we could get on the tables and Za talked a bit more with us. It was a ton of things to think about. The color mixing demonstration in particular wowed me...but when I went to do it myself I found it challenging. I'll practice! Tomorrow is another day...I'm excited! Za is just a great teacher. :)
(Top 2 photos) Celeste Bergin, Black and White Value Studies, oil on 12x16 canvas panel
(Photo 3) Celeste Bergin, Color block-in, oil on 12x16 canvas panel
(Photo 4), Za at the end of the day
(Photo 5) Sequoia Gallery + Studios, Hillsboro, OR