Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 8

People today (no more flowers thank God) and we got to paint nude models.   Charles was very wary of this and said we’d need all the luck we could get which shows you the amount of confidence he has in us.

This is mine – I went further than I would usually do with all the drapery and stuff which is probably too much but I didn’t care at that point.

It’s hard painting in workshops and I feel overly inhibited from trying much that’s new so everything is overly tentative.  It’s worth coming to watch Charles paint however.

Charles Reid figure painting
Charles Reid figure painting

And this is his painting of the second pose.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 7 Painting 2


This one was a ‘throw caution to the wind’ affair.   After the first rather tight rendition of the flowers I wanted to see if I could inject a bit more energy into things.   It was *really* tough and I didn’t know what the hell I was doing most of the time.   It’s not perfect but I’m definitely moving the dial a little.

Charles Reid Workshop 2015 – Day 7 Painting 1

I don’t seem to have a photo of the setup for this one.  I’m getting sloppy.

Anyway – I tried a couple of different things in this painting.  First – less water and more paint.  In fact more paint than I could reasonably think I need.   Second – I worked the flowers a little more than I would normally to see if more detail would improve them.   The first change wored well I think – things aren’t washed out and things pop.  A little garish maybe but I’ll take it.

The flowers didn’t work out so well.   Too fussy but you never know unless you try.