I bade farewell to lovely Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast last Friday. We had spent part of Thursday and all of Friday on our final project. The workshop participants created compositions from their own reference material. Most started with photographs and made sketches and studies from them. As the ideas developed, I asked them to put the photographs away. ‘Realism’ was not our goal. Our paintings were intended to be interpretative, whimsical and expressive. The photographs had to be abandoned!
I worked on my demonstration while the group painted. I called them over from time to time to discuss techniques and concepts. Also, I walked around the studio every ten minutes or so to provide some one-on-one feedback.
Each individual chose their size and format. We were evenly split between quarter and half sheets. In response to our earlier exercises, some elected to leave the white lines between each shape and in the other works the shapes touched each other.
We had talked a lot about colour and composition over the course of the week and the group came through with some dynamic paintings. Some aren’t quite finished yet but we all enjoyed our final critique.
I had a great week at the Gibsons School of the Arts and appreciate the enthusiasm and daring of the participants. Thanks for your likes and comments and for following our progress.