Learning about Still Life painting with Philippe Gandiol
I was lucky enough to score the last opening in Philippe's workshop a few weeks ago and loved every crazy minute of it! His teaching technique was straightforward and inspiring. We started by watching him paint a demo, which he did masterfully but took the time to explain everything he did step-by-step. Next, we were able to choose a still life set up and were given some time to work, but not too much time. I appreciate having a deadline, which keeps me from overthinking and overpainting.
If you get the chance, go see his show at the John Natsoulas gallery in Davis. His cityscapes are breathtaking.
|Philippe Gandiol painting a skull still life demo at his recent workshop, held at the fabulous Terry Miura Studio.|
|Here is the set up on the second day of the workshop. It was very challenging to decide on a focal point and eliminate any distracting elements. Simplify!|
|My finished painting, titled Sunflower Morning. I am proud that I was able to render the clear vase, not easy to do, I found. Notice how the persimmon has morphed into an apricot! |