Painting Workshops

It’s been a busy season!  Following on a painting demonstration and one day workshop for the Art Guild of Orange Park Art as well as a demonstration of acrylics used like watercolors for the Citrus Watercolor Club, I recently taught a two day painting workshop with my friend and colleague, Kathleen Wobie. Kathie and I have painted and taught together for years.  Although our styles are completely different, we work from the same principles of art.  We find our different viewpoints to be a real asset to our painting workshops in the sense that we are able to offer different perspectives to those attending.  This, in turn, seems to attract participants with a wide array of painting styles and mediums, further enriching the experience for all attending.  Painting workshops are a great opportunity to rekindle inspiration, hone visual observation, develop new skills and make new friendships and associations.

artists at work at painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobieartists at painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

The subject of this particular painting workshop was Color and Dimension.  The workshop was held at the Windmill Gallery in McIntosh, Florida, overlooking Orange Lake.  This was a great opportunity to observe and paint the nuances of light and color which create a sense of distance in one’s paintings.  We also studied objects in perspective, measuring and painting them in their relationships to other objects in the visual field.

artist at painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

Spending two days at the same place is a perfect way to experience the changing light and atmosphere.  Each breeze, each change in humidity and each passing hour bring exciting challenges of a new range of colors and light to capture on canvas!  Here are a few examples:

observing colors and light in the early morningclouds in the changing skies

observing colors of the early afternoonafternoon color

Note the changing color of the water, sky and vegetation during the day, as well as the differences one observes in looking off into the distance.  It was delightful to watch the different paintings which were created by everyone under these varying and constantly changing conditions!

artist painting at workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

artist at painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobieartist at painting workshop taught by Mary Jane Volkmann and Kathleen Wobie

I will be busy with a few more workshops in the fall.  The details will be posted here soon, so if you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let me know!

Now it’s back to the easel for some summertime painting!

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