Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vermont Arti and Choke

Vermont Arti and Choke
at Jo's mother's house garden in Plainfield, Vermont
on August 14, 2015, sketched on August 18, 2015
7" x 5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press fine grain 100% cotton watercolor paper

I left this painting as a thank you to my gracious host, Jo Mackenzie,
her art blog HERE, who offered me her mother's summer house
for my workshop painting visit to Vermont. It was
a treat to get to know Jo and see her studio,
having looked at her blog for years.

Photo using camera painting motion 
of Susan Abbott (website HERE) painting her 
oil demo on the last day of the workshop at 
her studio in Vermont on August 19, 2015 
brushed by in the shade
while many eyes watched, quietly,
and the color spoke.

by Bruce McMillan
text and photo © 2015 Bruce McMillan
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At Susan Abbott's Art Workshop

The last class oil demo for Susan Abbott's workshop was selected
so that we'd all be in the cool shade during the heat spell.

Susan painted her garden and grape vine 
with a car at the left. Who's car?
I wish I'd recorded Susan's narration as she painted so that
I could count the number of times she said, "Car." Lots.

Yep, there's the car.

It was an important element in her composition.
So who parked way over there?

Who's car is that? Susan didn't paint in the license plate.
If she had you'd be reading, "Maine ICELAND combination".
What a sneaky way to sell a painting.

New Art in the Bruce Collection
Grape Vine and Garden Fence
Susan Abbott
Oil on linen panel, 16" x 12", August 20, 2015
Online at Susan's blog HERE

The art of what was is here, but not for long.

The Susan Abbott oil demo
Grape Vine and Garden Fence
is coming.

The negative space of car.

The artist sketched by Liz.

Brushes always in the left hand.

Taking in the brush strokes, 
the words, the art, and the shade.
The car arrives.

The artist sketched by Jim.

Figures in an "I see" moment.

The car scene.

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