Denise LaRue Mahlke - Design & Value Workshop
October 30, 2019 - October 31, 2019

Notes & Materials list:

From Denise:

As a landscape painter, going to the source of our inspiration is key to understanding the subtle value and color shifts as well as aerial and linear perspective. Time spent observing, sketching and painting outdoors will enable you to paint more effectively indoors, especially when using photographic reference.

This outdoor sketching workshop will focus on how to edit and simplify a scene using the fundamentals of drawing and design to help clarify and express your emotional response to it. Through various, fun drawing exercises, using a limited value range, this workshop will help produce stronger design and enable you to paint more effectively outdoors and in the studio.

Day One
After an introduction and discussion of handout materials, we will go to work directly from the landscape, using graphite, charcoal, and/or markers. Through various drawing exercises, we will explore different subjects using line, shape, edges, and value. Taking the time to observe, writing notes as well as taking photos/video for future reference is encouraged.

Day Two
We will continue our practice of designing and developing another series of sketches, notes, and value studies. Your choice of medium, working monochromatically, with a limited range of values. We will discuss how to create a good studio painting by using the strongest grouping of outdoor sketches and value studies, along with notes and reference material. Tips on working from photographs; capturing the atmosphere, mood, and harmony in your landscapes; and other topics will be covered.

Supply List:
Sketch pad(s): Easy size to carry such as 6×8, 6×9, 8×10. I like the spiral-bound sketchbooks so I can open them flat.
Several Medium to Soft Pencils such as 4 to 8B or Ebony pencil
Portable chair or stool
Hat, sunscreen, bug spray

Charcoal, charcoal pencils, white chalk pencil
Markers in various shades of gray
Pan Pastels in various shades, white to black
Kneaded eraser
Loose drawing paper or larger sketchpad with backboard
Paper towels
Baby wipes

Other Mediums
All mediums are accepted for this workshop but we will only work with limited monochromatic color and/or black and white.
*If painting in oils, please use odorless mineral spirits