Sunday, April 27, 2014

What I Did Before My Spring Break...

Gay Faulkenberry Fine Art
Palette
April 2014, Workshop
I always love seeing what other people's paint palettes look like while they're working. To me, it's an artwork in and of itself. I even took photos of her set up for the workshop I was lucky enough to attend. This particular palette belongs to Gay Faulkenberry who led one of her workshops for about 16 of us two weeks ago. Probably not the best time for me to do a workshop - the week before the Easter Bunny arrives, you know, Holy Week. It was a week of lots to do and very little time to do it. But, I embraced the workshop and tried not to think about the real world while I was there. Success and lots of chocolate by Sunday morning!

Gay has such a great bedside manner about her in teaching us what she does and what she knows and how she applies all these things to her painting. She was taught by Sergei Bongart, a Russian Impressionist artist. How amazing is that? Here's a blog post from Art Contratian on Bongart in case you want to read more about him. And here's the link to Gay's website to see more of her work.

She started out by pulling out her painting set up, telling us what she uses and why. Then she did a still life demo. It was gorgeous. She has a limited palette of colors. What you see around the top and side edges of her palette are all the colors she uses.  She's able to mix so many more combinations with those few. Love these colors.

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014

Demo by Gay Faulkenberry
Do not reproduce or copy.
 Nanci Charpentier © 2014
The next two days were spent at Rural Life Museum.  What beautiful days we had. The first day was sunny and the second day was overcast. I was surprised by how many more colors I could see the second day more than on the first. The sun sometimes blinds you to the beautiful colors in nature. I worked on seeing cools and the warmth in the colors and making them work, along with determining that darkest dark and working back from there. It was a challenge but this time it seemed to make so much more sense to me.

I suppose that's what happens when you get out there week after week and try to see things for yourself. I was lucky enough to have someone come along - Gay - and help me make it all work better. It doesn't happen, I believe, without consistent work, practice, dedication, and love of painting. Thanks, Gay, it was a good week for me.

Thank you, Marylyn, for allowing me to borrow the hat!

30 Minute Sketch
Sunny Day
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
30 Minute Sketch
Sunny Day
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
 



60 Minute Sketch
Overcast Day
Nanci Charpentier © 2014


Friday, April 4, 2014

Traveling Down Nicholson Drive

"Nicholson Near Bernie Moore Track Stadium"
12" x 12"
Oil on Canvas
Nanci Charpentier © 2014
$375.00

With spring finally here and the trees and flowers blooming and the pollen dusting every possible surface inside and out, I've been out photographing what I can to capture this fleeting season. I took the reference photo for this painting on my way downtown to have lunch with my husband. It was our anniversary. I just loved the way the light and the shadows were working. The reference photo was taken with my camera phone rather quickly as I was just moving from having stopped at a red light. I was paying attention to the road. Honest.

For those of you that don't live around here, we are lucky to have a very beautiful college campus. Louisiana State University (LSU) is gorgeous.  There are so many live oaks, magnolias, crepe myrtles as well as numerous other plants on campus. The university has really stepped things up since I graduated a "few" years ago and has made our campus a beautiful place.

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