Thursday, April 18, 2013

GREAT WORKSHOP WITH JOSHUA BEEN

SYCAMORE ROOTS  10x8
These are two of the paintings I did during a recent plein air workshop with Joshua Been.  Josh is a fearless and energetic outdoor painter.  The workshop was one of the best I've ever attended, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to grow your painting skills.

Josh demonstrated twice a day, and is very good at explaining what he's doing and why, as well as fielding questions while painting. Unlike any workshop I've attended, He gifted us each with one of his excellent, 44-page, full color booklets covering his painting approach and detailed technical knowledge on values, shapes, edges, and texture.  To top it off, he bought us all lunch, everyday!

Josh also did a 24x30 demo in two sessions. Take a look, below.  An hour and a half block-in, first afternoon, and an hour and a half to finish, the next!  Ever seen that done?!  VERY instructive!!

Thank you, Josh, for a truly valuable painting experience.
FLOOD TANGLE    9x12  



Joshua Been with his demo painting

Josh's 24x30 demo

6 comments:

  1. Josh can paint! 24 x 30 outside...as a demo too...wow! Yours both look great too Jimmy. Getting two winners from a workshop is a bonus.

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  2. Thanks, for dropping in, Randy, and thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. Jimmy, the work is very impressive. I need to look more at Joshua's paintings. I am wondering if the paint is very heavily applied? To get that sort of crisp and dramatic layering of values is difficult! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Maren

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    1. Hi Maren. He begins with undiluted paint out of the tube, laying it in with a very thin dry-brushing to establish the the big shadow group shapes and their approximate temperatures. You can see canvas through all his first layer strokes. He very energetically continues with the same paint consistency, but more of it, as he works to further adjust shapes, values and temperature. He then moves into the light family shapes with just enough mineral spirits to get the paint to cover canvas. By this point he has a fairly well defined overall statement. He continues to freely adjust shapes, edges temperatures using thicker paint build up. The paint is starting to get some brushy thickness at this point with good coverage. As he finishes up, defining the focus and supporting areas the paint becomes thick and impasto in the light shapes.

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  4. Thanks for sharing about Josh's workshop... truly amazing demo! Your own paintings look great too!

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    1. Thank you, Laurel. It was fun getting to paint together for four days, in the Colley Whisson Workshop. Hope to see you, soon.

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