© Marian Fortunati
8"x10" Oil on RayMar Canvas
It was another gorgeous day and mindful of our ever-changing often unpredictable winter weather, our teacher decided for an "out" day during the Monday painting class I take from David Gallup.
I love painting outdoors. I like finding new spots. Although in this case I have painted at Leo Carrillo State Park, I had never painted INLAND at the campsites on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway.
Anyway, there were again many beautiful trees, but I had explained to David that I wanted to learn to see scenes with a "different" eye as he does. So instead of searching for a scene moved me as I usually do, I asked him to suggest some. Hmmmmm Well, I had to admit that he chose a scene that I would never have chosen. Frankly, I couldn't see what it was he liked about it. He took a small panel and demoed a three value study of the scene so I could begin to see the shapes in the confusion (which I had already confessed that I just couldn't see at all.) I COULD see my car in the distance....
Anyway I had a GREAT DEAL of difficulty painting anything that looked like anything at all. I just didn't feel like I was able to see the shapes, although David thought I was doing fine. A couple of time he would come over and show me something by painting on my palette or on the value study he started with.
|"Birch Grove", 17" x 32", 1889 by Isaac Levitan, Russian Master|
I have a VERY VERY VERY long way to go to understand enough of what he's teaching me so that I can use what I want of it. Later David sent me a few images to help me see what he was talking about when looking for the rhythm and poetry of a scene. I'll include the one he sent from Levitan which I had to agree was beautiful, poetic and totally rhythmic.