Thursday, January 24, 2013

Till You Drop

I'm back to my normal routine today after a long weekend in Door County. I was in Fish Creek for a 3 day workshop at the Peninsula School, to a great group. There might be some misconception that during a workshop students are on a breezy and leisurly weekend. For instance I've had people study with me while their partner was fishing or going to the movies, and one might gather that their workshopping counterparts were also enjoying such relaxing activities. After every workshop I am drained physically and mentally, and the students must feel the same way. I am happy to be back to my regular schedule to get some rest.

Workshops are a great opportunity for students to gain new information to inform their painting. In this workshop I wanted to give some specific exercises to drive a concept home, specifically creating a value plan. We did a bunch of value work and moved into color later in the workshop. There was much new information for students to take in, which might cause some to shut down, but this group charged forward and worked with an honest effort up until the last minute of class.
 













10 comments:

Denise Broussard said...

Good Morning Kyle! I had a great time at your workshop and can hardly wait to get into my studio today to begin putting all of that new knowledge into practice. Thank you again for your enthusiastic support of all who attended your Value workshop. You are a gifted teacher.
Cheers!
Denise

Kyle Martin said...

Thanks Denise, I have been enjoying the posts on your blog as well. You were a great addition to the group!
Kyle

Matthew Holt said...

That looks like an awesome workshop, Kyle! Your demo pieces look great too. Grays and violets are rocking in that interior and love the shapes of the flowers in the still life.

Kyle Martin said...

Thanks Matt. We had a great time. Can't wait to paint with you sometime soon.

Denise Broussard said...

Hey, I just noticed my painting partner, Maria is following your Blog now too. She was excited to hear the workshop.
Cheers!
Denise

Matthew Holt said...

Anytime, Kyle. Just give me a head's up. Do I need to bribe you with your pthalo?!

Kyle Martin said...

Hi Denise, Great! I'm over 100 followers, it only took 4 1/2 years. I'm thinking of doing a special promotion for all of my followers.

Hi Matt, that might not be a bad idea. My 10 oz tube is getting low, and I'm yet to paint a snow shadow worth saving.

Matthew Holt said...

Burning through the pthalo, are ya?! That reminds me...I was painting some snow shadows yesterday and I had this unopened tube of cerulean laying around from years ago. I figured, what the heck...I'll through it in there. Might have to break that from time to time now.

Kyle Martin said...

Nice, Matt. Love genuine cerulean blue, and glad it worked out for your snow shadows. What brand are you running? The last genuine cerulean I had was from rgh, and was alright I suppose. I've been using a cerulean hue for awhile now which is made from, you guessed it, pthalo.

Matthew Holt said...

Hey Kyle, It's just a little 37 ml tube from Winsor and Newton. They're sneaking your pthalo and quinacridone in everything now!