What a great workshop! Matt Smith is a gifted teacher. I appreciated all of the time he spent with each of us in the workshop. I really enjoyed meeting the other participants. There were ten of us and we had such a fun time.
Lake Shore Afternoon
This was painted en plein air the first afternoon of the workshop on the shore of Table Rock Lake.
The next morning we met bright and early to go down into Dogwood Canyon. I took my time setting up, waiting for the sun to come over the canyon rim and hit the light-colored bark at the top of this Sycamore.
I had packed up my stuff in the late afternoon because the tram would be coming soon to take us back out of the canyon. Matt came along and said I had plenty of time to paint one more. I spent 10 minutes or so on this little (6x8) painting of a Hickory tree that was lit up in the afternoon sun. I was going to wipe it out, but Matt convinced me to keep it. I'm glad he did.
The last day was cold and rainy, so we painted from photographs that Matt provided. I enjoyed "inventing" the colors of the backlit willows and brush. Matt taught me a lot about form shadow and cast shadow here.
The last painting of the workshop, again from one of Matt Smith's photos. I had to pack up to drive home before I finished this. I learned a lot about setting the horizon line and leading the viewer into the painting.
I look forward to painting from these little studies in the studio and seeing where I can take them.....and where they take me.