Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Kinstler Workshop Study

This is my study of the model on the first day of Mr. Kinstler's workshop. My goal was to make sure that I got my values right in addition to my light/dark pattern (the light side of the face versus the dark side). Mr. Kinstler wiped out the right eye with his thumb as I tried to remember to simplify, squint and paint exactly what I saw. In the 2008 workshop, I didn't even get far enough to get a critique so I'm looking at this as an improvement over last year (yes I am an optimist at heart). My focus wasn't to get a finished painting but to concentrate on what Mr. Kinstler was saying and to watch his demos and critiques of others in the class.


Paz said...

Eek! You mean he rubbed out the right eye because there was something wrong with it? What was the problem? Where you able to fix it? I like the painting. I found it fascinating, the model sitting there, kind of looking bored (LOL!) Do you know how much she gets paid for that? Curious. So, what did Kinstler do -- walk around the room and critique/comment? Yeah, I know. Too many questions. Sorry. ;-)


Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Hi Sweet Rhonda...
Sweet, because YOU ARE!
And very T.L.E.N.T.E.D to!
But I think I always say that when I come to visit you!
That`s because I meant it!
Anyway, I`m no artist... But I can`t see what`s wrong with your painting at all!
Debbie Moss

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Paz,
He touched the right eye because it was on the dark side of the face and you couldn't really see the detail of the eye. Sometimes we tend to put in detail that we don't really see. That's exactly what Mr. Kinstler did, went through and made comments on your paintings which is really helpful to know what you are doing wrong or how it could be better.

I have no idea what the models make but I would think pretty good. I don't know if I could sit still that long.

You can't ask too many questions Paz!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Thanks Debbie, glad you like my study--I'm sure there is plenty wrong with it but we won't think about it (LOL). I love your posts, you've always got such neat things--and I love all of them.

Suzanne said...

I am glad to hear you really were inspired by the class, sometimes it is really helpful when some one else points things out to you you are not aware of. I would have though the eyes were right.
I like this kind of learning.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Suzanne,
I should also say that he would also say when you're doing something right which is always a good confirmation. Yes we're very fortunate to find inspiration in life, I know you have your source of inspiration when you do your layouts.

mari said...

Rhonda, I think your response to Paz's question is very interesting, that sometimes we insert detail that we don't actually see. I wonder why. Imagination? When I first saw this painting I was struck by the atmosphere you created in it. It really begs the viewer to wonder about the woman...

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Mari,

When we paint models with dramatic lighting where you don't necessarily see the eyes, I have a really hard time not painting in the eyes because I know they are there. But you're right a little mystery is good!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Thanks for what you said about me... above!
Wishing you a lovely creative weekend!
Debbie Moss

P.S - I have an Award for YOU!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Rhonda
Hope you ahd a good weekend!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Hi Pat,

I had a great weekend--back to work tomorrow though. Hope you have a great week!