Tuesday, October 7, 2014


This is my first painting of the second day of Nancy's workshop.  I painted it on an 8 x 8 x 2" canvas. I struggled with the smallness of it.  We talked a lot about striving for your painting to look effortless.  I feel like I achieved that look but let me tell you it was NOT effortless. I almost scraped it several times. I am all about adding some bold strokes at the end of a painting to make it look like I started out that way.
Nancy uses a limited palette. ultramarine blue, cad red medium, cad yellow light or lemon, titanium white.  Now and then she uses a "short cut" color like yellow ochre.  One of my favorite colors! Good for warmer skin tones.  Oh yeah, now and then she uses cerulean blue.  I typically use lots of short cut colors but I used her palette for the workshop.  I am so pleased with the results that I may stick to it for a while.  I mixed cad yellow and cerulean to get the bright swim tube in the painting.


  1. It is gorgeous, Carol. Love the reflections!

  2. Carol! You uplifted the workshop in all ways, and your paintings are beautiful. Thanks for your kind words, and all of it!

  3. Adorable! What a sweet subject, too. And... I love love love cerulean and lemon.. nice bright Springy greed! Good to go with the teacher's palette, then adapt your own later if you like. I love your figures!

  4. Another wonderful painting---You must really be patting yourself on the back.

  5. What a lovely painting. Yes, it looks effortless..so neat to hear how you pulled it off.
    You are so generous to take the time to tell us what you learned, Carol. I wish I could take from Nancy - I love her work.