is our first morning painting..Mark had discussed warm vs cool
dominance, and our job was to concentrate on that. Avoid a 50/50 ratio,
and to try 80-20. Also, Try to simplify shapes (practice doing 20 shapes or
Everything in a painting is relative to everything around it. So true! That's why I keep going back and forth "tweaking". Mark usually does a drawing with values in his sketchbook, and relies alot on that drawing for his paintings. His sketches were really complete and wonderful, and with the design and values all planned out, the more successful the painting is bound to be. Mark usually starts with a cad red toned support, because of it's neutral properties. We talked about letting the red show more for warmth, less for cool areas. I just love the look of the red peaking through!
Mark emphasized the importance of hard work! Also to remember to be brave and to enjoy the process, vs the end result. It was a great group, a good time, and I can't say enough about Mark. His talent (which of course, is why I was there!), his knowledge, and his humor made it a wonderful workshop!