Monday, October 10, 2011

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Mary Whyte Workshop

Autumn Harvest

I just returned from an amazing week learning from The Watercolor Goddess, Mary Whyte. It was five intensive days of painting from life and trying to absorb many gems of watercolor wisdom. This opportunity came about because of my dear friend Sam who arranged for a group of us to go to Whidbey Island for the week.
Mary requested a few things from the group from the beginning. They were that we each produce a really bad painting and that we push ourselves to try something new. I not only produced a bad painting, but was able to produce a few. Those made into the circular file never to be seen again.
As for the second request, I felt like I tried several new things. First of which was to use a cat's tongue brush. The second was to paint a portrait from life in watercolor. I have painted portraits from life in oil and acrylic but not watercolor.  I have also painted plein air in watercolor but not a portrait. Odd for me since I love watercolor so much!
The first couple of days were spent doing still lifes. The above painting is my attempt at painting produce from the local market.

Below is a photo of Mary with me and the rest of the gang.


meera said...

How Lucky! Sounds like a wonderful workshop and you did some learning and new work :) I love Mary Whyte's paintings and envious of your time with her! Can't wait to see how your already fabulous work will evolve even more.

RH Carpenter said...

I love Mary's work and hope you picked up a lot of new ideas and techniques to use to expand your own work. What a great workshop it must have been.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Meera and Rhonda, it was absolutely fantastic! Mary was so generous with her time and gave each one of us individual critiques. But most of all, she gave me the confidence to work from life:)

Anonymous said...

An inspiring week. Love the still life. Can't wait to see it framed.

Studio at the Farm said...

You lucky hot dog, you! It sounds like it was great fun and fabulous learning experience, too

Sadami said...

You've got to upload more about Mary! I'm her big fan! I wish I could join her course one day. Really look forward to your upcoming work.

Wendy Mould said...

You are so lucky, Mary does fabulous watercolours, not to say yours are great as well. Sounds like you had a good workshop.

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Yes, I am so lucky to have seen such a master at work! All of you must take the time to attend one of her workshops. I now feel ready to move my art to the next level.

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