Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Our workshop - demo

This past weekend the FCPS hosted a wonderful workshop with Stan Sperlak.  We could not have asked for nicer weather to show our visiting instructor. The workshop was full, but those of us who didn't have the time or the money for the full workshop still got a treat as, on the eve of the workshop, Stan did a demo open to all.

We got to see Stan's pastels set up for the demo, lots of Terry Ludwigs!

We had a great turnout as well. Those who were in the workshop got into the demo for free, but others were more than happy to pay a modest fee to watch Stan at work.

Stan started with a grisaille underpainting and said that he always starts out with the darkest darks.

 It was fascinating to watch the painting take shape, and Stan was happy to explain and answer questions as he worked.

When he reached this point he said that he would probably stop right there and just crop the painting.

After a break Stan came back to a darkened room and asked us all to hold questions unto the end, while he painted to music.

His second piece was amazing too, and Stan stressed how important it is to feel joy as you create your art. We certainly got that attitude from Stan. Both of his demo paintings were offered for sale and easily found takers.

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