Tuesday, November 13, 2012

COPY TO LEARN

After a workshop, you often mean to try all the things you've been shown, but you go right back to your same routine.  (Some people do this right in the workshop, continuing to paint "their way" without trying the instructor's way at all!)  I had some landscape photos, taken by Sweetie.  But none of them moved me to paint them.  So, I just printed off the photos that Chris Leeper did in our workshop and am trying to copy them as a way of learning his style and technique.  Putting down those warms (Chris calls them Sun Colors) first and then letting them peak through the cooler colors you put down later. 



This is a direct copy of the first painting/demo he did for us.

First washes are all warm.






I'm trying to keep from comparing my efforts with Chris' painting because I already see so much wrong with it - like, no sky holes in the trees!

Telling myself it's all about learning the style/technique and not getting something perfect this first time.  All about learning learning learning!



7 comments:

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Rhonda - it must be hard to try to remember everything you learn in a workshop. I think you do a great job...such a great inspiration. Have a wonderful week - happy painting.

Mick Carney said...

The key is always to do as you are doing, practise, practise, practise. I think that many people, and I include myself in that, rapidly lose the impetus provided by quality instruction. Keep at it.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Learning--you do a lot of that, and it impresses me. I love that you pass it on to your readers.

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think you are doing amazing, Rhonda. I love the look so far!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks so much, Debbie, Mick, Hallie and Sherry. Debbie, I always take notes in a workshop - sometimes more than I need, but I like to have some important points written down because you're right - a week or two later, you've forgotten! ha ha
I'll keep working on this one.

renate said...

Hello Rhonda:) You are so right! If you don't try it will never happen. I think you do it the right way. Copy and copy and after a while it's going by yourself! Keep on going:)

RH Carpenter said...

Sometimes you really see the work more clearly when you copy it (or try to), Renate. I can tell mine will look nothing like Christopher Leeper's version but I will learn this way. I'm going to try the winter scene next.