Prior to the first day of the workshop, Marjorie sent each person two photos of landscapes from which they were to choose and crop as they desired, then draw the scene onto watercolor paper to be ready to start paint on the first day. Her recommendation to us was to use a half sheet of paper to be able to see the vibrancy of color she was going to demonstrate or use the paper size of our choice.
Marjorie’s painting approach was slow, deliberate and steady making it easy for even the novice artist to follow along. Referring to the photograph, she premixed several batches of individual colors she saw in the photo and tested each color onto a separate “swatch sheet” of paper. This assured her the colors she was going to use in the final painting were correct. You can see those individual batches of color in the photos from the workshop.
For the first few days, the class worked on the suggested photos; but many began working on their own selections and sketches they had already done prior to the workshop. Marjorie gave a lot of individual time and attention to everyone, making suggestions as she went around the classroom and assisted as each person needed or asked for. Thursday evening was spent having a fun dinner together at the Warwick Hotel.
By the end of the week, some had finished paintings but most had several “starts” to take home to complete. On the last day near the end of the day, each person brought up the paintings they had worked on for a critique, regardless of the state of completion. As a group, we could see each painting. Each individual artist spoke about their thought process in the creation of the work so far and any problem areas they felt they were having. Marjorie then did a positive reinforcement critique of each painting making suggestions for improvement as each painting warranted. Some individuals left early and did not stay for the critique session; but the critique was very helpful to all and really appreciated by all who participated.
If you want to learn how to make a painting sing with exciting, vibrant color and get out of the box you may find yourself in; Marjorie is the friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable artist whose expertise will push you to new limits you’ve never imagined.