Saturday, August 22, 2015

Triptych Mixing Green

Triptych Mixing Green
by Susan Abbott's pond behind her studio in Marshfield, Vermont
sketched plein air on August 16, 2015
using no greens from the tubes, only mixing greens,
14" x 20", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, #3 graphite,
and Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

Triptych Across a Field
7" x 5"

Triptych Goldenrod
7" x 5"

Triptych Across a Pond
7" x 5"

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At Susan Abbott's Art Workshop
Susan Abbot (web site HERE)  
presented informing slides and exercises for us.
On this day it was a green afternoon.

On Susan and James' property with extensive walking paths, a pond, and two fun dogs, Roscoe and Lolita, to follow you around, we were to paint a triptych, a panel of three paintings, with only one color limitation, to use mixed greens using yellows and blues, not manufacturers greens. I mixed greens on the palette and also on the paper as I painted, wet on wet or glazing (dry on dry transparent layers).
Whoa this already mixed green bugged me; it didn't fit the assignment. We wound up the day looking at our art. "Okay, so does anything strike you,"Susan asked and we were off with our comments followed byinsights from Susan, such a fine teacher.

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Photo taken during a critique session 
with light from a high window shining on
brushes sitting on a table in Susan Abbott's art studio 
in Marshfield, Vermont August 16, 2015
Studio Art Room
At Susan Abbott's Painting Workshop

In a room full of new art hung
on one wall, artists critique their
work, focused on colors that sprung
from their brushes, rounds and some square, 

seeking to improve their art skills,
to soar with color, a new height,
in these rolling Vermont green hills,
to paint and simply see the light.

by Bruce McMillan
Poem and photo © 2015 Bruce McMillan

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