Day 3 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

Day 3 of Elin’s Color Boot Camp brought the use of both warm & cool colors in one painting emphasizing in composition & values. We started the day with a one hour lecture showcasing great Masterpieces and evaluating the value system these great masters created. Its great to see work that we love and know well with a different eye, by squinting you can see the lights, darks & middle tones and what that does for the paintings.

The time of day we painted today was High Noon. We picked photos that had good contrast and shadows that were beneath the subject. The neat thing is that Elin is teaching us that if you don’t have a great picture you can adjust and manipulate it to the time of day you want to paint. Here she illustrates that perfectly. The left photo above is the picture she will be using and its on her computer. She is only using it as a guide, but you can see how she is changing it to make it more interesting and dynamic. She started with a watered down wash of acrylic Burnt Siena, and is drawing it in with a more opaque  tone, she is continually adjusting the drawing, by “erasing” the background using water, and pulling the wash out.

She begins blocking out the shapes using  intense colors and keeps adjusting it as the painting progresses keeping in mind her Color System. She has not finished the piece yet, but its stunning as is, don’t you think?

She is doing this demo as we paint, and on occassion spills treasures of wisdom that we all listen intently. She is very open to questions and is fabulous at explaining why & how the color system works. I wanted to show you her palette below, the pill boxes are a fabulous way to keep your main colors wet, while you pull from them & mix on your palette.

Above is a nice picture of Elin Sparky & me, sitting on the couch that I’ve cemented & made myself at home in ;)

The picture I chose to represent High Noon is of when we went to Monument Valley, in Arizona. We came across a herd of wild horses (I’m sure they have some contact with humans) but they were holding their ground & grazing from this very rough terrain. While my husband, Kent, was photographing the herd and this Palomino’s foal, I saw an opportunity to go up to this mare Palomino that was grazing on her own  off to the side of the herd. I rounded my shoulders showed the back of my hand and slowly went up to her, I gently reached for her and she allowed me to touch her nose. All the other horses watched in frozen horror as I made contact with this mare. She was stunning with light golden eyes. It was a moment I treasure every day & thank goodness my husband was able to capture that precise moment of contact, because a second later the whole herd moved on into the gorgeous scenery.

I started by painting in the scenery first. and then added the Palomino. I’m just starting to paint horses, so I had some issues with the anatomy, specially since the horse is at a foreshortening angle, so I made it even tougher on myself. So I sent an SOS to Elin, and in the above picture you can see what my horse looked like and the pictures below are the fixes that Elin helped me with. Its an honor & a joy to watch her paint on my piece. I learned so much from watching. Its amazing how she lays the paint down, so sure of her color choice & brush strokes. That is what years of practice brings to you.

The painting is not done, but when she walked away I thought to myself  “I’m not touching or painting over anything she painted, to me this painting is done!”

When I come home I was exhausted, its been a lot of information, all great but a lot to process. I would love to kick back and take it all in & relax, but today I had to run to the grocery store before I got home, feed all the animals, then make dinner, clean up, help with the kids spelling words, and then check emails before I write the post. I keep hoping to post earlier but when you have kids they come first. My husband is so supportive taking on some of the daily tasks I have to do, but now if I could only convince him into cleaning the stalls, hummm  ;D

Tomorrow in the morning we are painting Sunset or Evening Light and  in the afternoon we are tackling subjects with back light. Should be challenging. I’ve never painted with the specific time of day, so its exciting to break it down & study how light and color influence each other.

Today was a rainy overcast day, and on my drive home I saw the misty overcast colors that we learned on Monday’s lesson and I could see the colors & how I would mix them to make the trees in the distance look like this weather. Oh! Elin’s Color System is cementing itself in my head… and I like it  ;)

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks and I hope you come back tomorrow!

To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com

The Paintings: http://www.elinart.com

The Horse Paintings: http://www.equinepaintings.com

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7 Responses to Day 3 of Elin Pendleton’s Workshop

  1. Kent Weakley May 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    WOW! You’ve been busy. What a great collection of work in such a short period of time. Love the colors and the style is clean and crisp, yet loose. Awesome! Can’t wait to see tomorrow and Friday! Bet you’re tired :)

  2. Wendy May 6, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    Oh sweet Maggie such a great post! You really give your readers a lot of information that you ate learning. I feel like I am learning something too by reading your posts. Thanks for taking the time to do a daily blog posting of each day. It is wonderful! You are doing great! That picture with the wild horse and you is awesome! Yay to your hubby for being so supportive while you are taking this class. Can’t wait to read about day 4.

  3. Sharon Crute May 6, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Amazing, Maggie. I bet about now you’re feeling overwhelmed. You have a great start on that painting…horses are tricky.

    Love seeing my own horse paintings in the background of your photos! :)

    • maggiesangels May 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks so much Sharon, coming from you its a huge compliment! I have to practice drawing horses a lot, & learn the anatomy. I love being around your paintings, they just are so dynamic & powerful. I linked your site on my post & will talk about you in tonight’s post :)

  4. Robin Norgren May 19, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    awestruck! visiting from the flying lessons e-course; see you there. -Robin

    • maggiesangels May 19, 2010 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks so very much!!!! Its so cool that you are taking the e-course & came here to see me. You just put a huge smile on my face. I can’t wait for the class to start. I need to go through and check everyone out too. I love your etsy shop! Wow such wonderful items you have. Congrats on all the sales :)

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