Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sandy's Bridge

My mentoring class painted this painting yesterday afternoon. This was painted last year for my classes with permission from Sandy Maudlin. I saw this on her blog, then, and thought it was such a wonderful example of painting with a limited palette of two complementary colors, and the importance of using darks to make the scene glow. Once again, we found this to be true.

The above paintings were all done by the students with the exception of one. I will not identify which painting belongs to which mentoree, nor will I identify which was painted by me. I don't want any viewers to think that any of the mentoree paintings are better than the mentor's!

Thanks once again, Sandy! You are just the best!


Vicki Greene said...

These are wonderful - all of them! You should be very proud of yourself and your students.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Excellent work. It's always astounding to see how much incredible art talent that people possess, and most usually don't even know it. Having a good teacher brings it out and encourages creative growth. Way to go!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks Vicki! Yes, I am proud of these gals...they are a great group and we have such fun during these sessions.

Sandy, I will remain forever grateful to you for allowing me to use this painting for my classes. It is always such a big hit and they have all been inspired to do it well. It is such a jackpot of techniques to practice all rolled up into one! The use of complementary colors, value shifts to show shapes, the importance of darks, loosening up a bit, etc. are all in there. More importantly than the fact that I was proud of them, I think to a person they were proud of their paintings, which is a wonderful thing to see! It doesn't always happen in a class setting.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, but you've also posed a challenge here: figure out which painting is yours. I've done it. I know I'm right, BTW, but that's another matter.


Barb said...

Susan - they are all such beautiful paintings and this is a wonderful exercise for learning how to use color. It is so interesting to see the various painting styles using the same subject. They have a great mentor, too!

RHCarpenter said...

Wow, Susan, all of these are beautifully painted! I couldn't choose who is the student and who is the teacher - you must be sharing and teaching them a lot - and I know you are because you have such a sharing spirit! Can't wait for your demo on sepia painted glassware in March at WatercolorWorkshop!