Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.
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What a great week with Caroline Jasper at Venus Art Studios in Palm Desert. Caroline is a color expert and this is the second time I have taken her workshop and it won’t be the last. I have a good grasp on color so this week for me was all about exploring ways to create the illusion of depth in my work. I completed 5 works this week, spending half of the last day making slight changes to the first four. I feel I have a much better grasp on creating perspective in my work. What I learned and wasn’t expecting to is how to be more critical of my own artwork. And I don’t mean a general “I don’t like this” or “I fail”, but a gentler “this isn’t working yet” and a more specific critic of why. By the end of the second day some things were not working, and Jasper was excellent at suggestions that worked. By the end of the 5th day, I was finding the things that could be improved myself, and figuring out how to improve them. I am excited to spend some long hours in the studio next week.
Loving this workshop. Today was more emphasis on creating the illusion of Depth.
I want to recommend Jaspers color workshop to artist of any level. She teaches around the country from coast to coast. Today we worked on a landscape on red grounds, which I have done before, but still learned from. I still obviously need to work on value, but also on creating depth with simplicity. For todays landscape we created two studies of our reference photo, for me it was a photo I took of my favorite childhood place in Arizona. We did one value study and one color study, both meant to be discarded. By the end of the day I was a bit frustrated with my painting but I will work on it again tomorrow after a night off. I am very happy with my little color study and will make a point of doing this more often if not all the time.
I am taking a 5 day workshop in Palm Desert, with Caroline Jasper, who I consider my color mentor. She does primarily landscapes, so I probably will wind up doing one or two this week, but today I got to cheat and sneak in painting a girl. Color already is my thing and I would hesitate to take a workshop in color from anyone but Caroline, but in my mind she is a bit of a color god.
Today I focused on value, and the main lesson I am taking home from her today, and hope to apply to my work in the future is that value is just as important, or maybe even more so, as color.
I have only taken one of Jasper’s workshops in the past but I consider her one of my main three mentors (also Don May and Robert Burridge). I am so passionate about color and to me its one of the most important aspect of creating art. I tend to fancy myself as a bit of a color expert but Jasper reminds me I have so much more to see and understand about color.
I am going to be attending her week long Power Color workshop in Palm Desert at Venus art studios and supplies, this month. Cornelia painted above was painted during my first workshop with her. I am excited to see what I will create during and after the upcoming workshop.