Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Workshop Days 4 and 5

On the 4th and 5th days of the workshop we did landscapes. As I watched Jerry do his demo, I decided on a photo I had of the gazebo at Laguna Beach, California. There were no flowers on the hill in the photo, but I knew that flowers grew there in the spring, so I put a lot of color into my collage. Jerry said it looked more like Tahiti, so I guess I will have to call it something like "Tropical Surprise". On Friday after our last class we had a "gallery night" where all the classes displayed their work for the week. I truly enjoyed this workshop, or as I call it - my trip to art camp.

Workshop Day 3 - Flowers

On Day 3 Mr. Brommer, "Jerry", had us do flower collages. Being a flower painter, I was really looking forward to these. It took me a while to get the hang of it - they were harder to do than the abstracts, because we were just trying for the "essence" of flowers. I liked my third attempt best.

Workshop Day 2

The second day of the workshop we did larger abstracts on 11 x 11 inch paper. My first design was a horizontal one with a cool (blue) dominance and warm accents. The second is a "box in a box" design with a warm dominance and cool accents. It was fun to see how many different collages the class managed to come up with for this assignment. We spent many nights after class staining papers for the next day.

Stained Paper Collages - Gerald Brommer Workshop

Last week my sister and I took a "Stained Paper Collage" workshop with Gerald Brommer. I have been a fan of his work with both watercolor and collage for many years. During the 5 day workshop we learned to stain paper - lots and lots of paper. And we learned about several different designs and how to utilize them in both abstract and representational work. These three small abstracts were done on 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 Arches rough with watercolor stained washi. The designs used were a "bridge", a "T" and a "cruciform".