Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Expectant Spring" 11x14", And some thoughts on Carolyn Anderson's Workshop

I'm just back from another whirlwind week in New Harmony, Indiana, where I attended a workshop with Carolyn Anderson.  What an eye-opening experience! Here are some highlights of what I learned from Carolyn:

Try not to paint "things".  Instead, focus on line, value, color, and shape.

When painting from a photo, try not to go too dark.  As we know, photos lie, and darks can get darker, lights get lighter.  We have to adjust for this.

Pay close attention to color harmony and temperature.  In the painting above, I didn't have a good temperature balance. Carolyn showed me how to "bounce" a cool blueish/green color throughout the painting to make it seem more cohesive.

I'll have some more thoughts on my time with Carolyn in future posts.  In the meantime, here are a couple of photos from the idyllic town of New Harmony!


  1. I certainly love the painting you did. It has a softness of atmosphere I find appealing.
    I would love to take a workshop from Carolyn Anderson. What she does with her edges is totally amazing I am looking forward to seeing what you learned from her and how you incorporate it into your own work.

  2. It was so nice to meet you in person during the Carolyn Anderson workshop.
    The image above does not do your painting justice.
    I'm busy digesting my Carolyn Anderson lessons, too!