Mondays with Camille – March 18, 2019

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This Monday, I focused on big shapes. My demonstration was of reeds at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, CA.  I didn’t start by painting the individual stalks but saw them as big masses that needed to stay in the foreground. The trees in the back were very blue because of the atmosphere in the air that day. The water on the right was darker than the sky but still needed to be warm as it was in light. You will often here me saying to students, “No dabby-cabby-doing”, which means don’t start with little pieces but start to see the big puzzle of related shapes.

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Here is a development of the start and a detail of the reeds in the middleground. I did not just copy what was in front of me but designed them.

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Finished painting. Note I have included figures scale and interest.

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