|I am not used to all this green! "Corral del Cielo" 12"x9"|
Oh wait, someone already did. Underpaintings. Awesome!
The dynamic duo of Camile Przewodek and Ned Mueller was very entertaining. Camile is a colorist, and Ned is a self-proclaimed tonalist. Camile's earnest style contrasted wonderfully with Ned's devil-may-care sense of humor.
Camile's art is intriguing. She is a student of Hensche who in turn studied with Monet so there is a color lineage right there. I've wondered about her philosophy for a while since she is such a popular reference. and gives many workshops around the country. She is a popular teacher with many followers. She claims admiration for Sorolla, Frank Benson and Isaak Levitan among others.
Her favorite quote from Sargent: "Don't be a landscape painter, or a still-life or a portrait painter. Learn to paint and paint anything." ( I know this quote thing gets tired but quotes are really like easy mantras to keep in mind while painting.) Ok, with that out of the way ...the main point I got from Camile is that she likes to start with bold high-chroma colors, well beyond what one might perceive and then proceed downwards taming the initial explosion into more subtle variations. Easier to start high and then descend. Another distinct characteristic is how wide her palette is with 20 colors plus as opposed to more limited choices in the rest of the speakers.
Camile is not against finishing a painting outdoors. Many artists declared their outdoor studies a total necessity but nothing more than color notes. Among them, Ray Roberts, Jill Carver, Scott Christensen and Skip Whitcomb. Camile doesn't find it troublesome to return to the same spot twice to "finish" a piece. In that, she is following Monet as well.
Ned Mueller is another proponent of black and white studies to settle the composition and reduce anxiety. Big shapes first. And never ever think literally but visually. His self-deprecating humor made him fun to hear but his briefly executed demo was great on top of that.
|Point Lobos Turmoil. 8"x10'|
|"Blue Jay and Lupine Meadow" 9"x12" SOLD|
And this brings us to yet another amazing demo, the pair of Jill Carver and Ray Roberts. I am a devoted Ray Roberts groupie so I was all ears even though I took a four day workshop last summer with Mr. Roberts in Malibu. You can read all about it in my previous post. Roberts is on a quest to find interesting shapes and dark patterns whose abstract qualities attract attention. He has an extensive illustration background in which he was forced to work in extra clear black and white graphics that wouldn't be drowned in print format. This, he says, was excellent training ground.
His influences are multiple, Assaro, McCaw, Craig Nelson, Clyde Aspevig, Sullivan and co-conspirator Skip Whitcomb.
Ray Roberts starts with the dark shapes first to obtain the interesting high contrast pattern from the start. He commented on how he doesn't paint the color he sees but the relationships. For example, when painting white water, distinguish between the whites that represent foam(in dark and light) , glistening or just turbulence. All these entities should have distinct colors to differentiate even though in reality they might be much closer in hue and value than what we could paint.
|My notes on the Jill Carver, ray Roberts pairing.|
|C.W. Mundy. He painted the whole thing upside down until the very end.|
|Alexey Steele drawing Scott Christensen|
|James Gurney (Dinotopia) also making a portrait of Scott.|
|Ned Mueller showing his demo.|
|Ray Roberts displaying some of his work.|
|Ray Roberts demo|