Janne Robberstad

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Painting with Brian

By spotogspindel | April 20, 2010

This picture is Brian Wallace´s. He´s an artist from Boston, USA, living in Haugesund. I absolutely love the warmth in his pictures. Even his pictures with a lot of blue sky and sea, have a special warmth to them. The nuances are just great, if you ask me. It really is an art to be able to give such simple forms so much life! (He does detailed pictures too)

Today I´ve been so lucky as to attend Brian´s painting workshop. He´s already half way into the course, but I´ve been in the States, so it was a bit intimidating to come into a class where everyone else were well into their work, and knew what they were doing.

Here he is demonstrating the layering of paint.

We start off with a transparent layer a red mix, before moving on to darker areas. And lighter areas.

Impatient as I am, I had too opaque color in the sky, but Brian saved the day by adding the beautiful highlights. He basically did everything else that looks good in the picture too.

I have so much to learn! The freedom of the brush-strokes and the recklessness in the colors. Daring to be bold. Seems to be the endless quest for me.

I´m learning as we go along, and I am really looking forward to keep working. The picture is only half-finished, so it´s a good thing we have another night of painting in a week!

Topics: Diverse, Technique | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Painting with Brian”

  1. lulu Says:
    April 21st, 2010 at 03:43

    I love this as is – luscious colors! I wonder where you’ll take it next?

  2. justin segal Says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 14:23

    Janne, you said it perfectly and I struggle with it too — the need to be bold, to achieve unexpected color and let brush-strokes be free. I’m nowhere near that yet.

    All these pictures are lovely.