Saturday, October 25, 2014

Day 111- The Party's Over!!

After I painted the big red flowers from $&@; I did this very quick sketch using some of Charles Reid's suggestions trying to mix the color on the page. I think these flowers are ever so much better than the first attempt which follows. The colors flow and mingle in lovely confusion.

Still need to loose my edges more but oh well. Next time!!

This was my first attempt at painting those terrible awful to paint red flowers. They were gorgeous to look at but tedious painting. I used Too much repaint and didn't let the watercolor do its watercolour thing. Oh and I needed to loose more edges.

The sunrise from our hotel deck. Lovely.

An old chapel off 194.

Somewhere off 194 near Boone NC.

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 110 -Charles Reid Day 5

All I can say is take a class from Charles Reid. You won't be disappointed. Judy keeps the class running like clockwork and lightens the day with her entertaining stories.

Charles and Judy Reid

Charles' work is nothing short of mesmerizing. I could watch him paint endlessly. Usually my limit is half an hour before I am ready to go paint. Not so with Mr Reid the Master painter. Wasn't bored at all after five mornings of watching him paint. In fact I was mesmerized. Truly!!

They are worth every penny we pay them. They do not disappoint. The Dynamic Duo of watercolor!!

Scarborough Boy

I didn't have time to finish mine today so I will just post my favorite painting of the week by Mr Reid today. I just LOVE this painting. He was painted in an hour and a half. Unbelievable but true!!

I call this young British boy Scarborough Boy who's photo was taken around 1900. He later had 4-5 children. Sadly he died in WW1.

Detail of Scarborough Boy

Detail 2 - Scarborough Boy

Detail 3 - Scarborough Boy

Sorry formatting is off today. At my parents using my iPhone because they have no wifi.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 109 - Charles Reid Day 4

One more day of party. Will be sad when it's over. Love the class,
love the teacher Charles Reid and his wife Judy, love Boone, love cheapjoes, and the people in my class.

My painting today was based on this picture of this odd couple.  We call it the Wedding Couple but who knows?? I was supposed to do a value study.

Here's the sketch!!

I got a little carried away with the flowers in the background..duh what was I thinking...I must have been channeling Matisse?? The figures went fairly well.  That's where I started.  The umbrella turned out great...I wanted a flowery background...I just got TOO carried away.  I think it needs a good crop.

What do you think?!

This is Charles Reid's painting from today.  I had painted the boat today and am painting the little boy to draw it as soon as I post my blog.  So instead I painted the couple.  TWO faces instead of one...hmm what was I thinking?!!  DUH again!!

Anyway thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 108 - Charles Reid Day 3

The blogathon continues...only 108 consecutive days of posting now!!

Today we were allowed to chose from sets of old black and white photos with which  to do value studies. We used a range of 1-6.  1 is white, the lightest white, and 6 is black the darkest dark.   One of the photo was of John Singer Sargent, the master of watercolor.  I had NOT wanted to do it again because I made a hash out of it last March at Spruill the last day of class.  Today I paid rapt attention. Took copious notes and this is what I did!!

I am quite pleased with the way he turned out. I used lots of color but not too much.  Got some color mingling going on...I think it has a nice glow. I actually did things like put on color and pulled it out with a wet brush so it was not so heavy.  Should have done that on the flowers yesterday. 1/2 sheet Fabriano cold press. cad red light, cad yw light, raw sienna and ultramarine in face shadows with a touch of carmine under the nose. Other colors...yellow ochre, viridian and chrome oxide in the grass with raw sienna, cobalt and ultramarine blue touches.  Clothing - raw sienna, cobalt, burnt sienna.  I know there are more but I left my notebook back at the classroom...sorry.  

The sky is my favorite easiest sky ever...I slung a watery cerulean across the sky.   I rolled the brush into it...presto chango ...instant clouds!! 

Lots of dripping and splattering and dripping to get to this point.  

This is the one I painted in March when I took his class at Spruill Center in Atlanta.  NOT so bad as I remembered but not as good as the one I did today I think!  I think I actually used a Mr. Clean Eraser to wipe out the too dark darks and repainted alot of Mr. Singer himself.  The background is the original one.

Charles Reid's demo from today! He is so fabulous to watch paint.  He twitches the brush here, twitches it there and magically a person or flower appears...its nothing short of amazing.  I tried to buy his magic paint brush but its not for sale...maybe I will get there in 57 more years of practice.  He has been painting since he was 14..he's now 78...this is what 64 years of painting will get you!

Just wanted to add that Charles Reid is a terrific teacher.  He and his wife Judy are just the nicest down to earth people.  He may paint with the stars but he's a real person. They both try to do anything they can to facilitate the class!  Thanks Charles and Judy Reid!!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 107 - Charles Reid Class #2

Dad's American Journey Paint
The two tubes of paint are old Cheap Joes American Journey paints that I inherited from my dad.  He was never much of  a watercolor painter so these tubes were about 25 years old and still worked great! With that in mind I did buy another ultramarine blue. One more session of Charles Reid style painting will finish this one off!!  The brush is one I bought for the last Charles Reid class I took back in March.
Dad's going to be tickled that I painted his paint when he sees it this weekend. 

Our group got THE TOUGHEST flowers in the room to paint...even Charles Reid said they were. However I am pleased with the way they turned out. A little nontransparent BUT on the whole I like it.  They were tough because they were a rusty red with the backs of the petals yellow...HUH??!

You would not believe the colors I tried in an effort to paint these. I tried  vermilion, quinacridone red, burnt sienna, aurelin, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue AND a very dark purple..ALOT of negative painting too...mostly with combos of vermilion and rust with purple and ultramarine blue added to it.

This is the setup minus my paintbrush and two tubes of paint.  I scrunched the objects together because I thought they were too strung out yesterday. We didn't have a focal light source on the flowers which was a little bit of a problem.  

This was one I played with trying to get the colors to mingle more on the paper.  I actually like it better though its not finished by a long shot.  I think I painted this in about 20 minutes at the end of class and I actually like where it was going better than the first one. Practice practice practice!

Charles finished his morning demo a few minutes early today so we were lucky enough to get to tour the Cheap Joe's facilities.  Joe himself led our tour.  He's just a sweet lovely man.  There's a gallery of his wonderful watercolors as well as other teachers and some of the employees.  We got to see his man cave office, the order center, the employee lunchroom complete with a monthly birthday cake celebration AND a scale!  Nice big windows with views.  Then it was off to tour the warehouse.  To say it was huge well is an understatement.  At least as big as two football fields.  Joe said he could teach us to fill an order in under three minutes no problem.  We also got to meet his top employee Robert who packs the thank you gift you get with every Cheap Joes order.

To say that the staff and owner of Cheap Joes bent over backwards to make our week PeRfEcT would be an understatement.

If we thought we wanted something from the store not a problem...we run a ticket.  If it was only in the warehouse it magically appeared in no time flat!!

The only way he could improve our experience is if he added a dorm and a dining hall!! :)

Our morning demo.  Watching Charles Reid paint is like watching a magician wave his brush and create magic.  A daub of paint here a daub there and magically the flowers appear.  Just totally enthralling to watch him paint, and Cheap Joes makes sure we can see every stroke in a large flat screen tv set up so everyone can see the teacher working. I painted that same wine bottle yesterday.  WHY doesn't it look like his??!

Charles Reid's set up!

Charles Reid paints!

The wonderful Judy Reid, Charles' wife, retired Kindergarten teacher, aka the Boss, loves to tell stories and make jokes.

After class a classmate, Diana and I went on an adventure looking for old barns and beautiful mountains to photograph.  This is a charming church we found about ten miles out of town down a winding mountain road...on HWY 140 I think!  A beautiful drive that Joe sent Diana and I on in search of gorgeous views.

A view round every bend in Hwy 140...lots of great barns!!

Thanks for looking!!