Edgar Payne wrote, “ The study of art is a lifetime matter . . . the best that anyone can do is to accumulate all the knowledge possible of art and its principles, study nature often and then practice continually.”
To accumulate some more painting knowledge, Linda Eddins and Lori White attended a week-long intensive workshop given by John Poon (http://www.johnpoon.com) at Nicole’s Studio and Gallery in Raleigh. John is a nationally recognized painter and teacher, educated at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He provided in-depth instruction in color, design, and perspective, along with informative demonstrations and critiques of the paintings the students worked on during the week.
John breaks painting into four steps: 1) identification of major shapes, 2) block in of major shapes, 3) adjustment of the color, value, edges, and form of the shapes, and 4) final adjustments of the shapes.
Nicole said she had taken three workshops from John and continues to learn from him. By the end of the week, the students were exhausted from the pace of learning, amazed at how much they had learned, and totally stoked to take all that knowledge into their studios to create paintings at a whole new level.
Linda and Lori both created a number of small paintings during the week. The goal was not to create finished paintings, but to put into practice the concepts John was teaching.