Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Liz Wilten Workshop Days 2 and 3

My composition exercise with 4 values - SOLD

Liz's block-in plus 25 strokes demo

I loved doing the 4 value design exercise on day 2 of Liz's workshop. You can see her version on her blogpost. The fly specs you see on mine are the reminders of a very hot day in the blazing sun. Liz always used her umbrella, to shade both the painting and her palette.

The bottom image is a demo that Liz did on day 3. This exercise was the last of the workshop. Preceded by a painting done with only 50 strokes, in this exercise Liz did a basic block-in, and then finished the painting with only 25 strokes. I think she was roughly on stroke 12 when I took this photo.

This was a great workshop, and I enjoyed hosting it. If you can't make the trip to the workshop of your dreams, consider hosting the instructor yourself.


  1. I would so love to take one of Liz's workshops sometime. She captures the essence of a scene with a limited amount of colors, brushstrokes, the works. Was the 50 stroke exercise one where she told you to do a painting with only 50 strokes? Did it build from some other exercise? Thanks!

  2. Looks like it was fun Bobbi!

    Umbrella's, make's sense!

  3. Thanks for your comments, Elaine and Janett. Liz is a super instructor.

    We did a couple of limited stroke exercises. In the first one, we were allowed only 50 strokes starting with a blank canvas; and in the second we did a block-in covering all the canvas with thin paint, and then were allowed 25 more strokes. I'm planning to do this again, it was really instructive, similar to timed painting, and yet different, with the focus on judging how to use each stroke wisely. It certainly keeps you from getting too detailed.