Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Sedulous Sedona Workshop.....

'Cathedral Rock'.........oil on canvas panel..........8x10 inches

My recent workshop in Sedona, AZ was just like my own personal bloggopia, filled with magic, wonder, and a whole lot of mystical vortexes. Sedona’s beauty is eternal, it never changes, but it changes you. From the undulating rock plateau below the red Cathedral Rock of Crescent Moon Park to the April blizzard in the mountain ghost town of Jerome, Sedona had surprises and challenges for the painter at every turn. This workshop was one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding workshops I've taught so far. My wonderful students were a complete joy to be around. They were a delight to teach and the camaraderie amongst everyone was incredible. The Sedona Arts Center staff was extremely accommodating, friendly and professional! I look forward to my return in 2011!
Here are a few pictures from my Sedona workshop. Enjoy!

Monday afternoon demo at Schnebly Hill Vista.

Finishing up my value thumbnail comp.

Here is a sample of the small thumbnail sized (5x7) value/color comp exercises I had my students complete throughout the workshop.

Demo at Slide Rock State Park on Tuesday morning.

adding finishing touches.........

This 8x10 demo of Slide Rock State Park was extremely challenging! Had to deal with inconsistent weather conditions throughout the whole demo......sunny to cloudy, cloudy to sunny. Oy!!

Carol Marine and I chit chatted while taking a brief break. I was soooooo thrilled and honored to have Carol attend my workshop. She is truly one of the best painters out there! And an awesome person to boot!

Mid week we ventured out to Jerome, a very eccentric and mysterious ghost town/artist's colony. Pictured here is James Coulter getting some color mixing tips from me as Carol looks on.
By the way, James generously donated one of his fabulous plein air 'Coulter System' pochade boxes (shown in pic). They are extremely easy to set up, light and ridiculously affordable!

Jeff diligently painting away, completely unperturbed by the blistering cold winds of the raging blizzard that sprung upon us out of nowhere!!

While in Jerome, we took refuge from the freakish weather to warm up with soothing libations and hearty food!

Thursday's afternoon demo was held in the quaint and historical Tlaquepaque Village (it was very cold and just about to drizzle!)

Assisting student Debbie Eggleston with her painting.

Sherwin Abesamis was feeling very zen-like and decided to paint sitting on the ground in a cross-legged position.

June Safford painting at Red Rock State Park.

Cindy Munns painting Cathedral Rock.

Ben held up his dapper straw hat while I pulled out the name of the lucky student that won one of my demo paintings.
.....and the winner is...... Becky Joy!

And finally, a gorgeous pic of the gang.
What a terrific group!

Hope you enjoyed the post and thanks for dropping in.
Until next time, Happy Painting!


Susan Roux said...

Wow, looks like a wonderful workshop! Thanks for posting such a nice glimpse of it. You all seemed to have been really enjoying the experience even if the weather didn't always cooperate.

Pam Holnback said...

What a great post! I would love to someday tke one of your workshops!

Frank A. said...

...Wish I had been there !

I really enjoyed the sequence of photos from your last workshop.
Hey, not to mention reviewing your blog . A total joy !

Thank you, Jennifer.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good time and some great painting. Thanks for sharing.

rob ijbema said...

thanks for the lesson jennifer
full of energy as always!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Hi Jennifer!

From the photograph one can almost tell the wonderful spirit of you had in this workshop. Thanks for giving us this insight.

I dig especially your blue rubber gloves with your blue sweater. This is really stylish! ;-)

Maybe one day we will paint together,too.

Cheers from Vienna....Stefan!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for the awesome comments everyone!
Stefan, great to hear from you! Yes, the turquoise blue gloves do make a fashion statement, don't they? ;-)

Lori Quarton said...

Loved the red rock painting. That can be really difficult to capture!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Lor1 :)
Yes, it was quite a challenge to capture that intense terracotta hue! I ended up using A LOT of yellow ochre and cad red medium to create most of the red rock colors.

Unknown said...

Very Cool in Hot Sedona ...!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

wonderful post!
Your red rocks ROCK!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Frank, Mary,

Thanks for stopping by!

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

Jennifer McChristian said...

You're welcome SKIZO!
Thank you for the kind words :)

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