Art Workshop

Last weekend we had a workshop of watercolor paintings of landscapes by Alicia Farris. She is an amazing water colorist, and has been honored with numerous awards, and her work has appeared in many national and French magazines.
Last year I had attended a work shop given by her on Portraits. I loved the way she taught and encouraged and was so good with her comments and critiquing. This year she was invited again and she took us through landscapes and seascapes.

Alicia likes small groups so she could pay attention to each and everyone.We were about 16 of us I think. It was such a comfortable group, and I loved having her in Quincy. She honored us by staying with us in our home. That was lovely. And she actually liked the Indian food I made on Friday night.

The painting of the landscape above, I did on Friday at the workshop. Didn’t care for it much. So after Alicia left on Saturday afternoon, I sat and re-painted that and added some color, and you see that painting in the same frame below the one from Friday. However, when I compared them, I didn’t think that the first one was that bad, especially the trees, looked better with the depth. I liked the leaves hanging above better in the first frame. But the cattle looked more like pigs than cows, which look better in the second frame. I should have added some more leaves on the right upper corner.Well any way, I like them both, but I know that I wouldn’t be selling them. Both are not the best. If and when I become better, I shall try it again.

The second painting was of the sea and waves and people walking on the beach. I did this with Payne’s gray and Ultramarine blue. Actually it looks like WP has its own mind and won’t let me put that painting below the landscape. It took me almost half hour to just bring the paintings up here.
Whatever. I am not sure if I will continue to post here and post pictures on WP. Such a headache.

Anyway, these are the two paintings we did of a landscape and seascape. We did a couple more, from the printed samples that she had brought. But I am not going to go through that headache again. Why can’t WP leave good alone?

So, what do you think?

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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9 Responses to Art Workshop

  1. mrswrangler says:

    Beautiful is what I think. Your talented.

  2. slmret says:

    I think classroom paintings are terribly difficult to do — you want to do them one way, and the instructor is aiming towards something else. I love the first landscape painting.

    Others have had difficulty with the new WP, and have found ways to get to the old editor — if I see them again, I’ll try to copy them and forward them to you. I have always used the free version, and haven’t yet had a problem with uploads.

  3. Oh the paintings are beautiful. I see that line when I go directly to your blog. But it’s not there when I view them on my reader. It’s great that you’re attending workshops to further your skills.

  4. These are lovely! I’ve been doing some ink on paper drawings lately. People ask me if they’re paintings because of the colors I use. I think it would be more difficult to do watercolors like yours! Very impressive! Thanks for sharing despite technical difficulties! I still have things I have been meaning to send you! Aiya! I better get to bed so that I can remember to send them to you this week! Be well! ❀

  5. murisopsis says:

    I like the beach scene but the colors on the landscape are very appealing. I just moved the line to the side and it is all good…

  6. a good teacher and an attentive student ! πŸ™‚
    Painting is source of pleasure . I remember when I was ayoung.
    Love ❀

  7. So beautiful! Excellent work, SweetZ!!! πŸ™‚
    I think it’s fun to learn in a class from a teacher…something new…you get an A+++.
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  8. Rupali says:

    I am no expert in painting but my favourite is “the sea and waves and people walking on the beach”. Lovely. You must be happy.

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