The third day of Howard's workshop started and ended with sunshine. What a delight it was to see and feel the warm shining sun. We painted in Sutter Creek and I was painting down a little lane with Howard and Julie and had finished a small study and with only 20 minutes left before lunch I decided to paint one more, A bit of a challenge and then I realized I had put all of my brushes away except for one 1" flat brush so that would make it an even bigger painting challenge. With a painting flurry this little "Oak Shadow" painting emerged. What fun!
After having lunch in one of Sutter Creek's many bistro type restaurants we set out again and I ended up down an alley way at the Foundry. It is an old abandoned foundry that had its hay day during the Gold Rush era. These two pieces of equipment were setting outside with various pieces of equipment that must of been much needed long ago. I felt as if I was taking a trip back to another time as the brush and paint moved to the canvas.
Howard gives workshops here in the northern California foothills and surrounding areas and out of state. He is an accomplished artist and has worked in the commercial and fine art fields. His artistic knowledge makes for an enjoyable workshop. I must warn you he does have an unique sense of humor that keeps the class moving along through those late afternoon critiques. Send Howard an email for information on future workshops if you are up for a bit of good painting and a lot of fun.
"Oak Shadows" 8x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
"Foundry Workers" 8x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre