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Old 09-19-2005, 08:59 PM
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Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Hi everyone,
It has taken me a little while to learn how to resize my photos from my new camera, so I am "late" bringing you information from my workshop two weeks ago with Kenn Backhaus.

All the information I will include here is with Kenn's permission. Although this is my first workshop ever I came away from the experience knowing that Kenn Backhaus is a generous, forthcoming dynamic teacher...and he gets my *highest recommendation* (especially if you enjoy "classic" plein air), his balliwick! Leave that cadminum orange behind, he only lets you work with Aliz Crimson, permanent rose, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Raw Sienna and Ivory Black! Amazingly, he proved to us on day two that he can indeed make all the most beautiful umbers, siennas and anything else you want from this palette. But Let's just talk about Day one for now.

We spent five days in Hood River, Oregon. Each day Kenn started by giving us a demonstration and then asking us to essentially repeat his lesson for the day, twice or three times if possible. (We would chose a different scene than he did, this is Oregon..plenty of beautiful vistas everywhere)

He uses an EasyL on a tripod, but he also works with a 1/2 size julian easel. He uses a photographic shield clipped to his set up so that all his work and his palette are in shadow. It is important to either have your canvas and palette in full sun or both in shadow. Don't let it be where the canvas is in sun and the palette in shade, or visa versa. His palette is Lexon plexiglass, strong as regular glass, he cleans it often with a razor blade.

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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

He tones his canvas lightly. He tones it with whatever the scene seems to dictate. So here he said it was a warm scene, hence a warm tone on the canvas.
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The BIG LESSON for day one is to think of PUZZLE SHAPES. When you look out onto the scene, check what is the biggest shapes and determine also the darkest shapes. Do a thumbnail sketch (preferrably three in different formats) and then draw the scene onto your support.
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This time he uses a pencil to show us how he divided the scene into a foreground, middle ground background and sky. (He often paints directly with no pencil, but he wanted to be clear about assigning 4 distinct "layers" to the support). He told us to think about those puzzles that we had in elementary school. The simpler the shape the better.
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He puts in the darkest dark first. He wouldn't really tell us what colors he mixes for the paintings since he doesn't want to "methodize" and he wants us as students to determine what colors put together look best for each puzzle piece. He uses Black and yellow for greens with other colors mixed in. He puts in his darkest dark with thinned paint. He told us that many painters make the error of wanting to add decorations before establishing the big shapes--resist this! Reserve the small details for the end.


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All paintings are illusisons that require depth and dimension. If all the temperature and edges are the same the painting will compete with itself, so you have to be careful to provide different temperatures and a variety of edges. Think only of masses, not trees.
Here he establishes the foreground, keeping his puzzle shapes in mind.
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He continues to add to the puzzle with differing greens. Note how "elementary" his shapes.
He prefers natural looking greens and doesn't use much blue.

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adding the distant hills careful to provide both a cooler and a slightly warmer hill (same value but differing temperature create recession)

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at this time, after the entire panel is covered you can make adjustments in edges and add small touches. He will add the little "town" off in the distance by only suggesting with bits of color.
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adding details of light in darkest trees

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Final piece, The view from Sakura Bed and Breakfast.
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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Hmmm. Very interesting. Everything made sense to me until the word "final". It looks like one step beyond the block in, but one step short of completion. Perhaps it is because it's in the shade.
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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

Thank you, thank you!!! :clap: :clap:
Please keep on posting!!! (if you can/allowed to)
I can afford to attend a workshop right now, I am green w/envy :D
Thanks for posting these great pics, and info.
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Hmmm. Very interesting. Everything made sense to me until the word "final". It looks like one step beyond the block in, but one step short of completion. Perhaps it is because it's in the shade.
True enough, my photos are not the best.
and this IS the puzzle piece demonstration..he probably didn't want us to get overwhelmed. Believe me, this fellow can paint a very detailed scene. If there is enough interest I might put up information about the subsequent days.

It was really different for me to think about "natural" colors..since I have always used alot of oranges and violets. I am still struggling with not reaching for a bright color (especially when things aren't going all that well)--but I confess, I went away really LOVING the muted natural colors he employs! Most of my paintings from the workshop are so gray it looks like I need an antidepressant! lol--but I couldn't be happier that I took this workshop..and I am glad to be able to share it with you!
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Re: Kenn Backhaus Workshop...Day ONE

So would you recommend his workshop?


How many students were there?

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


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