Summer Roses – Final Session

Summer Roses Final Session. Michele Clamp. Oil on Panel. 16″x20″

The final (ish) session on the summer roses with Paul Foxton. Hard to say how I feel about this right now. There are a few things I’d like to work on still but it’s very close to being done. Highly recommend Paul’s workshops. I learn a lot, the people are great and it’s enormous fun.

Summer Roses – Working up the Color Study

Color study take 2. Michele Clamp. Oil on paper. 8″x10″

Inspired by Marilyn on the Summer Roses group I decided to work up the color study a little. This gives me a little practice in readiness for the bigger version on Monday. Although softening the edges was tricky I think I’m fully prepared to dive into the real thing.

Here it is before I worked on it

Color study for Summer Roses first pass.

Egg Painting

Egg painting with Paul Foxton. Michele Clamp. Oil on paper. 5″x8″

I tinkered with a couple of rose paintings today and had a bit of time left so why not paint along with The Foxton and paint an egg. Mainly an exercise in mixing and blending but quite satisfying.

Apparently I was gone for a long time as James came up to find me and was very amused that all I was painting was an egg.

Me painting an egg.

Summer Roses Paul Foxton Workshop – Session 5

Summer Roses Workshop with Paul Foxton. After session 5. Michele Clamp. Oil on panel. 16″x20″

It’s session 5 already! And we’re now onto putting some detail into the roses. We worked on the two main roses and it is extremely tricky. I think I’m happy right now but I’ll take another look tomorrow. I just about kept the form without losing value in the shadows or gaining it in the lights. And the inside curled petals just about came together.

Here’s where I started – all smooshed edges

The starting point

We first worked on the big left hand rose. Sharpening up some edges and leaving others loosely defined

Left hand rose with some definition

Then the right hand rose which was trickier but just about kept together.

Roses after session 5

And a detail of the two almost finished roses

Summer Roses Paul Foxton Workshop – In Progress. Michele Clamp. Oil on panel. 16″x20″. Detail.

Still Life Studies from Wendy Artin Workshop

Radish. Michele Clamp on Wendy Artin Workshop

I will write more on the Wendy Artin workshop but here are the results to be going on with. First a radish!

And some preliminary sketches for the radish

And some sprouts! Who knew they were so difficult to paint?

Sprouts final study

And a preliminary sketch for the sprouts.

Sprouts preliminary sketch

Next a kohlrabi!

Kohlrabi final study. Michele Clamp on Wendy Artin workshop

And the preliminary sketches for the kohlrabi

Next some figs!

And a turnip!

Turnip study.

And finally another radish. This really was a stinker. Not so bad in the cold light of day but still….

Radish color background study.

Roses in Watercolor

David Austin Roses. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14″x11″

This was an experiment to see whether I could translate the oil process back into watercolor. Partially successful although I did lose the form a little on the left hand rose.

Here he is half way through. There’s a nice softness to it which I like.