|Practicing head studies - from Zorn|
I was pleased to find that David Goatley, one of Canada's most noted portrait painters, had a five day workshop only a couple of hours drive from us and on a week that I had free. I was preparing myself and looking forward to it. Unfortunately it was cancelled.
One door closes and another opens. So I did a bit of homework and found that Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio was having a 6 day workshop for Susan Lyon and her husband Scott Burdick that same week. As expected it was full. But I sent an email inquiring just in case. Two days later I was in. They had last minute cancellation and it was too late for others on the waiting list. Bingo!
I have followed their work for many years. I have their DVDs and videos. I was very pleased to get in. But this is a serious workshop and I had not done anything with face or figure for years.
So I started a few days ago re watching their videos, those of Jeff Watts, Steve Huston, Robert Librace and others. I also reread the great Andrew Loomis books Creative Illustration and Painting the Head and Hands.
Then I spent a few hours each day working with planes of the head, shadow patterns and facial features, drawing and in paint. I have a week to continue to practice before the workshop hoping I will be well enough prepared in advance to take advantage of what those two amazing artists have to offer.
Homework examples. Playing with different brush and surface combinations.
For those working with WM oils, for the first time I used Cobras Paste Medium (in a tube). Works great and little solvent or water needed. Thick and juicy play.
Will keep you posted.