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Old 09-19-2005, 09:36 PM
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If there is enough interest I might put up information about the subsequent days.

I think there will be plenty of interest. Thank you so much and thanks to Kenn for allowing this to be posted.

Do we get to see your puzzle painting?
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So would you recommend his workshop? ---absolutely

How many students were there? -----around 18

Did he have a large palette of colors? I can only see a few in the pics...

very limited palette, you are asked to paint only with them...Aliz crimson, permanent rose, lemon yellow, raw sienna, ultramarine blue and ivory black.

Any other comments about his painting and teaching style would be appreciated.

Well, I could not have been more impressed, actually. He talked non stop from day one to the last day without repeating himself. He gave each student LOTS of time. He was personable and serious. His own work is exquisite. He had a lesson "plan" for each day. He did not coddle anyone. He wasn't mean. He graciously oked my writing about the workshop here. He gets five stars from me.

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Yes, Please keep posting more of the workshop. I am a fan of his work. Interesting that he uses two similar reds in his palette.
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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Celestia, WONDERFUL posts and description of the workshop. Yes, by all means, please tell us the rest! All of it! LOL

Like Linda, I was very surprised that he uses two reds so similar, and no warm red. Interesting.

What fantastic scenery you had to work with. Geez...stunning.

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thanks Celestia....you rank him five, and I credit you the same for sharing and memory. Its been said that folks retain about 15% of what they hear, so you are to be commended for paying attention above and beyond!

Its always a service when an instructor simplifies. Its a two part process...one learning to paint in simplified methods...two, learning to get things across to your students in a simplified manner so as to be understood.

Main thing is discovering a manageable routine for yourself that gets you on top of the moment. One hopes the "routine" is not so rigid (or "methodized" as Kenn said) that one's look (because of the steps) predetermines the outcome and makes seeing for the first time redundant. By that I mean...we want a handle of approach, but we want a measure of ourselves to be yet as a child. We all know how amazing and wonderful the world appears to a young child, filled with awe and exploring...so part of us wants to live dangerously without full preconceptions so that we might take something fresh in each time we are seeing and responding.

While Kenn's steps would appear pretty regimented..."do this...then this" I can see where this childlike wonderment has room to be fresh. Very cool...enjoyed this, thanks much for your time and hope you find the energy/time to share more!

I'm going to rate this thread with some stars here!

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Thanks sooo much for taking the time/effort to post all this !! Very kind of you . I like Kenn's work and really enjoyed seeing the demo.
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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Celestia,

Thank you so much for posting this! Yes, please post more information about the subsequent days I'm sure we'd all love to pore over it!

I'm liking his muted palette too. I did a little experimenting with Christensen's approach to plein air last week, and kinda like the results. So I'm also intrigued by Kenn's approach.

I'm guessing that the "finished" product in this post is actually just his completed "block in." I like that approach to teaching...truly showing you the basics and making sure you understand them before moving on. I personally got overwhelmed by the demos in my first couple of workshops, because the instructors always took each demo to full completion...that's a LOT for a newbie to absorb.

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Ahhh ha! Perfect. Thanks for reading the camera manual for two weeks so you could size all these photos. I like that... thinking of the shapes as 'Puzzel Pieces' interlocking but overlapping. I could look at more of his stuff.

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thanks everyone! I sort of knew you'd like all this. Everyone is always surprised by the two reds he uses, but he showed us how he mixes a cad red, and I'll show you his color chart in day two. His thinking is if he can mix it why not do that instead of lug it around. Plus there is the added feature of color harmony when you use so few colors. Because he "allows" us to use black (I've never done that before!) I was theavyhanded with it. lol. I think he wants you to use black judiciously! It certainly will take me awhile to digest everything he taught. Hey Larry...thanks for thinking I retain information well---lol...I just took good notes and referred to them to write this thread (several of the participants took notes and photos). We were careful to ask him if photos were alright and he said yes. I also wrote to him specifically about my desire to share what I learned with you all here, including photos, and he said yes!
Alright..so I will be back with day two. stay tuned

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ok i'll be waiting.....
thanks for taking the time for all this
very informative
looking forward to your next works.
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Well, I have to say that WC! is amazing. Where else could we get all this info? This is truly the internet age.
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Simply amazing !.....to take the time to to put together that which you have done. I commend and thank you for sharing. This is very informative and refreshing and I anxiously await your next instalment...... (please ?).. ..

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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Thanks for sharing this with us. I found his website... his paintings are great!
I'm looking forward to the next installment. Still a bit dubious about using black.
I always thought it was a no no.

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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

frapp, he is *careful* about his use of black, seems to me he didn't use it much, mostly just for greens
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this is great thanks for sharing!
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