Friday, June 5, 2009

Lettering on the Dark Side

June third and fourth were a couple of record breaking temperature days here in the Fraser Valley. They just happened to coincide with our workshop with Connie Furgason-Card, now from Sydney, BC. Even though the classroom felt more like a sauna, spirits were still high and we had a wonderful time.

Finally!! someone who brings more to a workshop than I do........oh that was Connie's desk!!

We started by trying out the different colours of gouache on our own palettes. Testing them on the assortment of black papers that we had brought. There was a selection of Canson Mi Tientes, Canson Colorline, Strathmore Artagain and Strathmore Series 400. These were test sheets to slip into a small book we were making to keep as reference. We added notes as to what we were using, pen, paper, gouache, colour, gel pen, etc.

These photos were taken randomly throughout the two days and are in no particular order really.

We learned to be frugal! don't waste that brush full of pigment! spend it on a separate sheet of whatever paper you were using and then when you get a collection of these sheets, using your 'L' pieces of matte board, you can 'frame' certain spots to add to a broadside or a greeting card. Connie has many zip lock bags full of these gems and she showed us how she uses them on her work.
It is always interesting to walk around and see how others work in a workshop setting and look at all their supplies......finding out what you 'must' have!
Some of us work much tidier than others:
Connie had purchased some Mica Paints from Brenda at LOJ........lucky for us Country Lane just happened to have a few of them for sale just downstairs!! there was a run on them and I'm sure they could have sold more if they'd had the stock.....

Watch for our September newsletter for the reports on the workshop with lots of pictures of work by participants! A wonderful two days was had by all in spite of the extreme heat and we look forward to seeing more of Connie now that she is 'in the neighbourhood', well, one ferry ride away!

See you all at the meeting on the 13th! Fun program planned, stayed tuned for the blog report!


Bev said...

Gasp!! I forgot to mention, I have a new favourite colour of gouache to write with!!

Oxide of Chromium

mmmmm delicious! along with Venetian Red, Thanks to Ewan Clayton and Red Ochre, Thanks to Georgia Angelopoulos.
I came home from the workshop determined to reclaim all the dried up tubes of Winsor Newton gouache in my studio.

CJ Kennedy said...

I love how the colors really pop on the black paper. I might have to visit this.