Saturday, December 7, 2019

The End of Day Two of the Workshop - One More to Go!

David Smith is the winner of the TWSA 2019 Skyledge Award.  The judges were Linda Baker and Laurin McCrackin.  The reason I'm telling you this is that Laurin McCrackin called David the King of Masking.  After the first day of the workshop, I was quite certain that Mr. McCracken wasn't joking.  The only time I use masking fluid is when there is no other way I can preserve my whites.  The winter scene that we're painting in the workshop has A LOT of masked areas.  You've never masked until you've spent a morning masking 50 million areas - okay, that's a slight exaggeration:)  But I don't want that to scare you off from taking a workshop from David.  He's fabulous.  In addition to being a wonderful artist, he's kind, patient, laid back, funny and expresses his ideas well both in words and demonstrations.

This is probably the only time he'll offer the workshop streaming live.  He said that in the future, he'll  record the workshop so that he can edit and doesn't have to worry about technical problems.  There are 16 people taking the workshop in his studio and 31 of us online.  He's in Eden Prairie, MN.  The workshop goes 3 days from 9 to 4 Central Time with 45 minutes for lunch. 

At the end of today's session, we removed our masking fluid.  This is the first time I've used Pebeo drawing gum.  I like it better than Winsor & Newton masking fluid.  Tomorrow we're going to soften the edges on our masked areas.  He showed us how he does this and I must say he is the king.  However, after all of the mistakes and changes I've made on paintings in the past, I am the Queen of Scrubbing Out.  I have a feeling that I'll take to this quickly:)

He teaches workshops all over the world.  If he offers one near you, I recommend taking it.  You'll have a lot of fun AND learn cool things!  Here's a link to his web page.
The painting we're doing is the one in the top left corner under "Landscapes".  I'll post mine tomorrow when I'm done.

Happy Saturday!


Chris Lally said...

Sounds like such a great experience, Candy! Masked / poured paintings are such beauties. His work reminds me of that of Nita Engle - with his own spin on his, of course! She used Pebeo, too. In her workshop, we spent more time masking than painting. Looking forward to seeing your workshop piece and how this class influences your future work! This might open up a whole new world for you:) Thanks for the great post!

Sue (this n that) said...

Its really interesting to read your thoughts on what masking fluid to use (and how to use it)... I'd love to use it more and shall pop over and see what's on the link you provided (thanks very much for that).
So glad you're enjoying the whole experience Candy. It will be beaut to see what you've created xx

Candy said...

Hi, Chris! Nita Engle is one of the artists that David talked about. I don't know if he studied with her, but he must have known her because he told a story about her scrubbing right through one of her paintings and then still being able to sell it:) I agree with you that there is a similarity in their work. The workshop was fun!

Candy said...

Hi, Sue! If you try it, you'll have fun. I hope you enjoy David's web page!