Four 10 Minute Strawberries

Last night I had my students paint these strawberries for 10 minutes in each square. Two of these were painted as a demo. so that they could see how simply they could create the illusion of form by using three values. The other two berries I painted just so I didn't hover over my students and make them nervous. For this exercise we did not focus on little details, like the seeds on the berry surface or the shadows and highlights of the berry leaves. This was all about thinking in values and using economic brushwork.

The students really seemed to enjoy this and they did amazingly well. Their growth was immediately apparent at the end of class when we compared their first berry of the day to their last. It was inspiring to witness!

REMINDER: 3-Day Plein Air (Outdoor) Oil Painting Workshop in Orange County
DATES: September 9th-11th (Fri., Sat. & Sun.)
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
COST: $300

There are still spaces available for my 3-day plein air oil painting workshop in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.

This oil painting workshop for beginning to intermediate level students will focus on using a step-by-step process in order to create a successful landscape painting. Topics covered will be; how to create a strong composition, having a focal point, creating depth, brushwork (with an emphasis on how to hold your brush), paint application, time management while painting on location and color mixing. Painting demonstrations by Kim will be included. Class size is limited so that each individual will receive plenty of personal instruction. Each day workshop participants will paint on location and at the end of the day there will be a constructive group critique of our work. Each day we will meet in Laguna Beach to paint directly from nature. Hours 9:00 - 4:00. Students must bring a field easel and art supplies.

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Dana Cooper said…
These are great Kim, there is so much to be learned from each painting!
Anonymous said…
what a great exercise for your students! love the fresh looseness of them.
A really GREAT exercise!!! You're a master!!!

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