I know that ALL of you blog readers have taken many workshops (me too) and that many of you have GIVEN workshops (me too).
But once in a while there just seems to be one that initiates that amazing kind of electricity in anticipation that you can't quite define.
So it is that I anticipate a week long workshop with John Lovett (Australian watercolorist) beginning a week from today.
If you are a reader of International Artist Magazine, he writes columns in that magazine regularly, has made many DVDs and leads international workshops all over the world. Now he is coming to Lac du Flambeau, WI????? I know. I am amazed too. 15 minutes away from my tiny little cabin practically hidden in the woods. If you google Dillman's Resort you will find out more about where this magical spot is. And if you click on workshops you can find John's class description. (You will also find a plethora of very fine artists teaching there!)
I am sorry that I have only really a week to enjoy the anticipation and get ready. As you can tell from previous blogs, part of the week is taken up with just finding where my supplies have gone to and dusting off the studio and finding the supply list...yadda yadda yadda.
Thus the first photo of the initial supplies... finding just the right watercolors, gouache, gesso, pens, inks, pastel pencils, watercolor pencils, rice papers, and acrylics along with just the right brushes (almost all flats). I tore 3 sheets of Arches 140 cold press into quarter sheets this morning. I found that for the most part...I had everything I needed. He uses some very small flats for details but I dug some up.
One problem...I couldn't find any charcoal pencils in any of my catalogs. I am sure they are somewhere, but it seemed only in sets and I am asked to bring only black and brown. Sigh. Hopefully, he'll have some for sale? If anyone knows where you can buy these separately let me know. It'll be too late for the workshop...but maybe later.
I have decided to bring my photo references to the workshop on my iPad.
I sorted those I wanted to bring on my desk top into an album.
Then I synced the two devices and downloaded the album to the iPad. Voila.
You can see what the album looks like opened up with small photos. And I enlarged one to full screen to give you the idea. It'll be much nicer than trying to print it off on my inkjet and also much easier on the pocket book in terms of printer ink. The color on the iPad is splendid.
The battery is good for 10 hours so I should be good to go.
I'll let you know how that works out!!
I may do a few sketches from the iPad this week as our weather forecast is totally gloomy for the entire week!!!