Wednesday, April 08, 2015

David Shevlino Workshop 1: 5-1/2 hours drive

Last week I took a 4-day plein air landscape workshop in Columbus, OH with Neil Riley. Neil was my teacher some 23 years ago when I was studying at CCAD. I have to say, the workshop was mind boggling for the breadth of knowledge that was passed on to the students, the quality of the material he shared through lecture, demos and projects he had us working on. I would say that anyone that decided not to take either of the workshops offered by Ohio Plein Air Society, in Columbus, has missed the boat on this one. A teacher with a superb eye and 30 years of teaching experience, and an insatiable desire to know about painting and help his students, makes this workshop a stand out. More on this workshop to come.
But tomorrow, I embark on a second 4-day workshop with David Shevlino. This one is a figure painting workshop, and I am really looking forward to seeing his demo in the morning before we start in on our own painting of the nude. I signed up for this workshop last year, and asked my friend Edie Dean if she'd be interested in taking it with me. So today, we drove to Lowell, Michigan.
To break the boredom of the drive, we decided to venture into
Lansing. I Googled "Antique stores near me"
and we were off on an adventure. We found these
monster brushes in a home interior store.
See my normal Size 8 watercolor brush for scale.
We are staying at the Franciscan Life Processing Center, just down the road from 14 Nuns who have their own accommodations. 250 acres of isolation and quiet here. We are each in a private room.
Me, I am Brother Angelo,
which just confirms my feeling that
at some point in time, I was a monk!
(Too many abbey ruins in my history.)
This is my key and my name is also above my door.
Edie is now Brother Leo. 

So, it's off to dream land for me now. My room is overly hot, but I am happy here with the Franciscans, my comfy bed, private bath, and little writing desk. Talk with you more tomorrow. Brother Angelo, over and out.

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