Apples to Irises, 16 x 20
Above is the final assignment in Laurel Daniel's alla prima class. Being the final class, Laurel gave us the choice of using any of the block-in methods we had explored over the six weeks. Any guesses on which one was used here? If you guessed it was the McPherson method of blocking in the main color masses with accurate "average color," then modeling as necessary before adding the spectral highlights in the final stage, then you get a gold star. I only did one painting using the rub-in, rub-out method, but judging from that one (posted January 30), the method seems to give a slightly different look, where the meeting of some color edges tend to go dark. I like that look, but for this one, with so much overall light, I decided on sticking with the color block-in one more time. If you have any opinions on the subject, I'd be glad t hear them.
One week from today begins our next plein air class, in which everyone is looking forward to trying out our new tricks out amongst the elements.