I was at the first day of a two day Federation of Canadian Artist oil painting workshop with the very affable Sarah Kidner. I learnt a lot about her interest in street scenes and how you can pare down a very busy photo. Each participant worked from a black and white photocopy of their own photograph and did a three value thumbnail (very small simplistic drawing in black, gray and white). We then did a small colour thumbnail or painting to decide on our colours using only 3 colours. We moved onto the actual canvas and spent the rest of our day on our own paintings as well as watching her demo. Sarah moved from student to student to help direct, answer questions and clarify. It was a wonderful day with very talented and "wanting to learn" artists. Here is my final painting:
"Center Street Bridge"
9" x 12" oil on linen panel