Sunday, December 15, 2019

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! 

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