Last weekend, Mayka and I took a trip three hours north to Mendocino so that I could attend Erik Tiemens‘s gouache landscape workshop. Meanwhile she had her own adventures. The workshop was full of great demos and I feel like I learned a lot. Erik is certainly a master and it’s great that he’s so willing and happy to share his wealth of knowledge. Here he is doing a demo:
And the demo itself, which was very useful:
It was a two day workshop, and there was time in the middle of both days for us to go outside and sketch around Mendocino.On the end of the second day we worked on a more finished painting and Erik came around and gave individual help. Here are some of my warmups/sketches and a slightly more finished painting:
I got to a point with that last painting where I felt like I didn’t know what else to do with it. I had Erik take a look at it (paintbrush in hand) and he just started going to town…scrubbing bits out, adding contrasting colors, foreground elements, eliminating symmetry, etc. If there’s one thing I took away from the workshop, it is to be less fiddley and attached to my paintings and be more willing to take broad action with them.
As for Mendocino itself, it is a really strange town. I constantly felt like I was in a Hitchcock film. The town is very small and remote and foggy. It seems that everyone there is an artist of some sort, which gets surprisingly annoying after a while. Considering that 90% of the workshop was from San Francisco, I am hoping Erik has more workshops in the Bay Area. Here are some “Mendo” photos; eerie and charming at the same time:
That last one is not actually from Mendocino. On our way home we decided to take a “shortcut” from highway 1 over to 128 because we thought 1 would be too long and windy to take all the way back. BAD IDEA. We ended up on “Mountain View Road” – winding up and down a mountain top in the middle of nowhere for an hour (an EXTRA hour than it took to get there) If the car had broken down I’m pretty sure we would have just died in the woods. We both ended up carsick from the twists and turns and constant braking…but at least I got that photo.
In other news, APE is coming soon! Will have lots of new work to post shortly.