Thursday, March 21, 2013
Demonstration for Minnesota Watercolor Society
Last Thursday, I gave the demonstration for the Minnesota Watercolor Society. My subject was how I get my ideas for abstract designs. This painting, "Which way to the beach?" was derived from a view of Minneapolis buildings from my friend's studio window. I love to use contour drawings, and link my light shapes, thereby simplifying the design. Both of these paintings are about 15" x 15" image size. I'm a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, and it's fun watching his influence creeping into my work lately. I also showed the cropping technique of working with a little 1 inch square frame to spot good designs when you hover over a busy photo in a decorating magazine. Below is my other interpretaion, using basically the same light pathway design. I asked the group which one they preferred and the top one got more votes, although it was close. There were about 150 people watching my demo. Really a fun evening!