Joanne had been invited to an afternoon workshop at Bolton Art Circle..... she hasn't been to us before and the members were all looking forward to the session.
Here is Joanne's finished painting
The idea was to use a limited palette, cad red, cad yellow, UB and burnt sienna ..... Jo rarely uses more colours than that in any painting as she feels the colours marry and harmonise better with the more limited palette. I have noticed these are colours Joanne has used before and for those of you wondering about using 2 opaque colours and mixing mud, I defy you to find any mud on any Joannes' paintings!!!
I appreciate these workshops as it gives you an idea of how someone else might approach something and while there are no rights or wrongs it is so helpful to see another way of doing things which you may either not have thought of or may have forgotten about.
Joanne did a very quick sketch first then started with the sky paying attention to the light direction as she worked (in fact she placed an arrow at the top of the piece as a reminder). Always sharing tips hints and most importantly her thought process as she worked, Jo worked thought the piece breaking off at strategic moments for us to have our go... and here are my pieces... the first I lost it with the negative painting around the bg trees so decided to have another go.. I am a speedy painter so managed another attempt where I paid more attention to that bit. Here is the first one.
and behind the tree then the scary bit of the shadows across the foreground!!
I think this workshop has given me a few tools to have a go at some landscapes for myself, that's what we should use workshops for, to pick up tips and hints from other artists, to pick their brains, some are more generous than others and Joanne is one of the best in that respect.!!! As my own painting progresses I am finding it more difficult to paint along and do a copy of what I see in front of me which is a really good thing but there is so much Jo has to share I would always grab the chance of attending one of her sessions!!
I also think Joanne was pleased with the efforts of the group... there were some lovely paintings done... not surprising as there are some very good painters there!!