Sunday, June 06, 2010

studying background

Leffel's workshop was divided between figure studies and still life studies. During the 1 1/2 days we had with still lifes I focused on "background." David defines "background" as everything not in the light. This definition simplified things for me and helped me focus on creating a solid support for the "light."
12"x16" oil on Claussen #13ddp linen. Still life studies never to be finished because I got what I wanted from these studies - a better understanding of brush strokes and background.


loriann said...

Interesting way to look at "background." Thanks for sharing. Love the top painting..what color!

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Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

This is a great way to break down the structure of a painting!

Gary Keimig said...

nice work on those backgrounds. Loved your recent figure work.
My gallery pardner studied under David and it was a life changing event for him in his work.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Loriann, Thanks for stopping and commenting. David is a very interesting teacher to study under.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Deborah,
Hi Gary,
Yes, so much about David's workshops are a "shake-up." He also stresses not looking at your subject so much regardless of if it's a still life or model, but look at your painting. Make your decisions by looking at your painting vs. copying what you see.

Becky Joy said...

A workshop with Leffel, lucky lady. wonderful work you are doing here.

Karen said...

They look great!! I love that definition of background...makes perfect sense!
Thanks for posting those demo pics, too.

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Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Love that definition, will have to ponder further. Thanks for sharing more details of your workshop. Sounds very worthwhile.