|Jeffrey Watts 11x14
Every year I need to get back to basics. While I enjoy the impressionistic gallery landscapes I do -they are fun and experimental - but I regularly feel the need to test and improve my basic skills. This winter I am doing two things: making colour charts and taking the Watts Atelier on-line portrait drawing classes.
I never did colour charts , I should have, but they always seemed laborious - but this year its happening. To make it easier I purchased premade charts from Colour Frontier. I plan to do them using water mixable oils. For help I have the RichardSchmidt text and a number of YouTube videos (just search under colour charts). I will let you know how I do.
My best early training was at the Jeffrey Watts Atelier in California. I spent 6 months drawing and painting from life – portraiture, figurative, plein air and still life. I have returned twice for a refresher and taken a series of his recent on-line courses. Jeff and his colleagues are great teachers – but its serious stuff.
|Jeff Watts - I was fortunate to purchase this 11x14 sketch while there
This year the Jeffrey Watts Atelier is offering for the first time life streaming classes: one with Jeff for 20 minute fast layins and one with Eric Gist for a head drawing class. The intent is to bring you right into the regularly scheduled classes. I am just taking the basic $99 series - just auditing the classes starting next week and goes into March. Again, I will let you know how its going.