In this week's BobBlast, we are starting off in my studio during a Mentor Workshop Retreat!
In this workshop, I act as a mentor, rather than a "workshop instructor." There are eight painters - eight very diversified voices and painting styles - In the video, you will see various themes and well-thought-out series of paintings.
The Mentor Retreats are fun and highly productive - lots of painting, good networking and camaraderie! At the end of the video, wait for the credits and then Google the artists!
In prepping for attending a workshop like my Studio Mentor Workshop Retreat, it will help if you do the following:
- Have a plan. Decide what you are going to paint. Have a goal.
- Bring the materials you are planning to work with.
- Clear your calendar so you will not have distractions that will keep you from doing your work.
During the Mentor Retreats, I do many demonstrations of techniques and materials - the following is my "super loose beginning, painting a dark river bank" - yes really!
You can watch me demonstrate the following steps:
On pre-gessoed paper, wipe very wet pigments of black, magenta and violet all over the surface - being careful to not scrub the colors into the surface.
While still wet, I use my fingernail to scribe into the wet paint - my version of narrow tree trunks, giving an immediate indication of trees along the riverbank.
This is how I begin. Loose, abstract and LOTS of wet pigment.
The first stage already has a swamp-ish atmosphere. Paint quickly and don't over think.
Don't over think!