Monday was the first day of a workshop I signed up for with renowned artist Robert Lemler.
Why Robert Lemler? I’ve long admired the way he distills a complex subject down to a beautiful, simple design.
The day was started with a demonstration to illustrate how to see only the light and shadow pattern, than how to work within these divisions to add interest with color changes not value changes.
The painting above (sorry for the glare), is one of three paintings Robert brought to the class. A very difficult subject because her skin is basically one dark value, it’s the way the reflected lights are placed on her face that describe the form.
This one is a fantastic example of how light falls on a form, just look at the stair steps of light that hit his face under his lips, how getting just the right value perfectly explains what is happening there.
Another painting with basically one large dark shape in cool light. The dimension he is able to suggest with just the right bits of light in the right places!
We did small oil studies for the rest of the day, some under warm light, some under cool, so that we could not only decider the shapes of light and shadow but how the temperature of the light changed the colors.