Monday, November 15, 2010

Judith Carducci workshop

There is nothing quite as exhilarating for an artist than to spend an entire weekend absorbed in drawing and painting from life. Judith Carducci's portrait workshop was that...and more. As with most workshops, we watched Judy draw and paint from a model, then were set loose to work on our own. Even though Judy works in pastels, the great thing about this particular workshop was that it focused on portraiture and was left wide open to work in any medium.

After struggling the first day with a myriad of excuses about why my watercolor painting was so crappy, I came back the second day, as masochists tend to do, for more torture. To my surprise, the content of day one and two gelled in a way that made sense without being overwhelming. The result was a much more relaxed attitude and an ability to work more quickly without laboring over details.

These photos are from the demo on day one. Judy completed a value study in charcoal. We discussed anatomy, values, the necessity of careful observation, as well as other art-related issues. Judy is generous with her knowledge and time. Besides that, she is wickedly funny.

 Sam, Judy and the completed value study.


This was my painting on day two, a study from life in watercolor of our lovely model, Vanessa.


maria kovalenko leysens said...

I love the light and ease of this one. You really captured her.

devotedmomof7 said...

Fantastic portrait! I have never tried drawing or painting from a live model. It seems like that would be challenging. Actually, I did paint a "live nude" once in class - a puppy that Judi Betts requested be brought in to the workshop. It was a hoot trying to keep the littel fellow still and/or learn to draw several angles at once to capture the moment!

Alina Chau said...