Bill jumped right into instruction on the first morning of the workshop with a demonstration of how he proofs his concept on a small canvas before working on a large one. Above you can see how he taped a reference photo to the side of his easel, then loosely sketched out the design in a thin blue wash onto a toned canvas. He then filled in the design with large blocks of additional color which were build up from dark to light. This gave him the first rough layer of the final painting.
Stopping there, Bill asked each of us to put a thin wash of color upon the canvas supports we had brought with us, and select a reference photo ( from his collection or one our own) to use as the basis for our first painting.
I had already selected my reference photos and toned my canvas with red iron oxide prior to arriving at the workshop, so I set up my workstation and began painting. By lunch time I too had my design roughed in and was ready to start applying the first large blocks of color.
But first things first.... a group lunch at the Saluda Grill.
After lunch, Bill gave us a demonstration of how to wrap a canvas onto a stretcher frame.
That was a learning experience for me. Not at all difficult ( if you are 6'+ like Bill). It gave me more confidence for how I can work if I can't find the size canvas I need locally.