Fredericksburg workshop recapPosted: May 22, 2019
I’m just back from a weekend in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which I can say was the official start of summer workshop season. I was given the gift of great locations, perfect weather and very talented students, so no complaints on this end.
We worked on all kinds of things over the three days — value studies, composition, page design, brushwork and colour — so lots of little demos in my sketchbook (the big tree above and the little vignettes below).
At the end of the first day I finished with a small demo of the Fredericksburg railway bridge. Everyone appreciates a demo at the end of the day when they’re tired and they can watch the teacher struggle to paint the constantly changing reflections in the river.
We spent Saturday at the Fredericksburg farmer’s market. My demo (still not finished) was how to simplify a complex scene with moving people and multiple tents. The results from the group were very impressive, and that always makes it a pleasure for me.
Our last day was spent at Chatham Manor. This is a place where I could easily spend a week painting the perfectly tended gardens, the Georgian-style main house, or the panoramic views across the river to Fredericksburg. Coming from Montreal where we are experiencing the late arrival of spring, the peonies, climbing roses and deep purple irises were a feast for my eyes.
Thanks to this talented group for working so hard!