Monday, January 18, 2010

Carol Marine Workshop

unfinished study, 6x6, oil on panel
I spent most of last week at a workshop taught by Austin artist Carol Marine. Carol is first and foremost an incredibly talented painter and colorist - she has a special way of seeing a subject, simplifying shapes and values, and then translating that vision into an economical number of perfectly toned and placed brushstrokes. And she makes it look easy.... gee whiz. Moreover, she is a wonderful teacher: direct, honest, very accessible, and just a whole lot of fun. Be sure to check out her blog - click here.
Carol did inspirational demonstrations each morning and then set us on a course of exercises - like the 10-minute/15-stroke apples to the left - that weren't easy but very informative. It was great fun to be with our artist/host Dena Wenmohs and spend time at The Bunkhouse - Dena's artists' retreat and bed & breakfast in Cypress Mill, Texas. Plus, in addition to Carol and Dena, I made wonderful new friends - some from far away and some just around the corner. What a marvelous week.... I'm exhausted!!


Gwen Bell said...

You did such a great job on this study. And I'm so envious of your apples. Mine got worse with each one.
Looks like you took to it like a duck in water. We worked so hard and the class was so large that I didn't get around to see what you were doing. Thanks for posting these!

L.Holm said...

Oh, am so envious. Would love to take one of Carol's workshops. These are fantastic studies!

Ann Rogers said...

Mitzi, stopped by your blog to say thanks for visiting mine, and the minute I saw this post...I said "someone's been to Carol Marines workshop"...she has such a style and you have learned WELL!!! Know the workshop must have been fun as well as educational. Great job on this piece.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I think your study is beautiful and I can tell that you 'got it'.
I love Carol and her work is in a class by itself.