Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Colin Page Workshop

Colin Page came down from Maine this weekend to teach a workshop at North River Arts Society in Marshfield. It was a smashing success and we even had a SUNNY day Saturday, to paint over at Scituate Harbor! Sunday was rainy so we did still life in the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Hall which is the NRAS studio. I generally don't do my best work in the workshop setting. Too much going on, for me to completely settle down but, I managed to get three solid studies out of it which is huge. Colin is a seriously amazing painter. No magic, just many, many paintings and lots of diligent work, 'seeing'. He's a great guy too, and we all had a wonderful time! It was great to be able to do both landscape and still life with him as he is proficient in both. I will post more photos(later) of the amazing paintings over at Not Really A Cleaning Lady. So Stay tuned.

12 comments:

Frank Gardner said...

Looks like it went real well Mary. Colin is a great guy and he's not a bad painter either.
Ha, no shoes. I love painting with no shoes on.
You got some pretty good paintings out of it. Nice color.

Bobbi Heath said...

I'm so glad you had a great workshop with Colin, and a sunny day too, lucky you! Love the paintings, especially the lobster boat. Way to go!

Paintings by Patricia said...

Workshops are fun and I'm glad you had one sunny day. Great little paintings Mary.

Barbara Pask said...

The workshop sounds great and it sounds like you were happy with it. The three paintings you came away with are great, especially love the boat.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

it was awesome! He's a lovely guy, and a slammin' painter! Amen!

Roxanne said...

Hi, Mary! First of all, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such sweet and encouraging comments. It meant a lot to me!

Wow! This looks like fun! Very loose and I love the colors. Your studies were beautiful,Mary! Good job.

How was this workshop different from Carol's?

Oh! I'm having a pet portrait Give-a-way! Just started tonight, if you know anyone tha might be interested.

happy painting,

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Roxanne,
Thank YOU!

I am fortunate to have taken these workshops with Carol Marine and Colin Page back to back (so to speak, as Carol's was in March) as they both have something to teach that I'm ready to learn.
Having studied with some very good painters, I find that even many years later, I 'learn', consciously, something from that encounter. I recognize it when it happens, so all this information is in there. It's just focusing to bring it out.

How was it different?

Well, they are both equally proficient in their way of approaching painting, but their styles are different.
Carol uses a viewfinder, and approaches her subject with a one stroke at a time going from the most saturated color and working around that using slight temperature, color and value changes in her very crisp brush strokes. She uses crisp brushes, too.
Colin was able to pull off a wonderful outdoor painting with both his canvas and palette in full sun, (which I've not successfully done as the paintings are always too dark indoors).
He seems to work more intuitively and has been painting outdoors long enough to know where he's going with the painting, right off the bat. He puts in the highlights towards the end.
His approach to still life is the same. Just sketches it in, correcting the drawing as he goes and works the whole canvas putting the lights in last. He uses bristle brushes and his brushwork is beautiful, but not as sharp edged as Carol's is.
I am still glowing with both experiences!
If you take Carol's workshop in Sedona, you'll get a double treat, as it is one of the most amazingly beautiful places you'll ever see.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Mary, These are darling paintings! How fun to take a workshop with Colin Page, I really admire his work as well. Have a good one, Liz

Karen Mathison Schmidt said...

Mary, these are BEAUTIFUL ... very nice work!

The one of the boat is the standout for me ... love, love, LOVE the colors in the water and sky, and the highlights on the boat itself ... awesome!

Belinda Del Pesco said...

I'm greeen with envy that you got to paint with Colin. He's one of my faves, and if I ever win a lottery, his work will be the first thing I buy! Nice paintings yourself, my dear, by the way! :o)

loriann said...

What do you think you learned most from Colin? I love the way you painted the boat and the water.... mmmmmmm, nice. This selection of paintings all resonate light.

loriann said...

Hi again Mary! I have one more question. I noticed that you took both Carol Marine's and Colin's workshop.... I am curious, which colors on each artist's palette? Thanks, Loriann

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