Matt Weigle's oil painting workshop continued for five days at the end of August, and all the students loved it and learnt a lot.
Matt spent two and a half DAYS setting up the studio space, so that each shadow box had just one light source and each box was lined with black fabric. The intension was for each students still life to be as uncluttered as possible so that we could get through each stage of Matt's workshop in the time, and finish a larger painting as well. Because Matt took such care in arranging the boxes, tables, easles and lighting, all the students had to do was select their objects, then hmmm and aaaa about placing them. Much huffing and pondering... This jug or that vase... an onion or plum...?
|matt showing the transfer technique|
By the end of the first day we had completed our drawing. Day two involved transferring it onto two small canvases and one larger one.
|Matt doing a transfer|
|Image transferred onto canvas, from the original drawing|
|Matt helping to get the placement right on the canvas, measuring from the edges to get some form of symmetry and balance|
|Matt preparing the greys|
As I said, Matt had a daily requirement for us, and this helped focus us and stick to the deadlines. Here he is preparing and demoing the black and white study
|Demo of black and white study|
|Demo painting by Matt Weigle|
|Caroline, Laura, Gennie, Ruth, Suzanne and Liz|
So Matt would do the demo then we'd work hard to keep up. He worked much more quickly than us.. The studio was quiet (apart from the wind whistling from outside), as we concentrated.
|Gennie, demonstrating the special technique of holding all your brushes at once, just in case...|
|Gennie's wonderful Black and White study|
|Laura and Benedict outlining their drawings in pen|
|Matt slathering thinned paint on for the underpainting|
|The loose underpainting, with black pen lines clearly visible.|
|Susan, Ruth and Gennie|
|Susan touching up her cloth|
|Matt having a word with Liz's painting...|
|Benedict, engrossed in her painting|
|Matt with Ruth, and her fabulous painting|
|Suzanne's work in progress - fantastic colours|
|Fionnuala's colour study and final painting in progress.|
|Ruths desk... YUMM|
|Gennie's marathon production!|
|The studio was quiet, but we had a good chat at break times..|
Below, some of the weeks work laid out to dry.
Matt was a methodical and careful tutor, wanting everyone to get the best from themselves. His teaching was authentic and sincere - we all had a fabulous week and hope to do it all again!
Next up - Drawing Trail around Belfast's Titanic Quarter as part of EHOD
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