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Well Done Susan for Completing the Apprentice Pro Program

In this painting, Susan used all the principles she learned in Workshop P. She created this for the Summary Painting:

“Winter Wonder is based on photos from our hike in Shevlin Park in the winter of 2016. It is a simple composition based on contrast of size and value to emphasize the feeling of awe and wonder felt when walking among these giants.  I used rabatment of the rectangle for placement of the focal area – my husband and our dog.  

I used a secondary triadic color harmony of orange, green and violet.  I painted using a variety of brushwork and analogous optical color mixing. I painted white snow with a range of very light value complementary hues.  I believe I achieved luminosity in the sky and in the snow and atmospheric perspective to give depth to the scene.  

I am exhilarated by all that I have learned through this course.  It is freeing to have concepts and principles to  help me express what I feel in nature.  With all the interruptions in my life, it took me 6 years to finish.  It has been so worth it.  Many aspects of painting are coming together.  It is like a language that I am finally able to speak in paragraphs – not just words.  What a wonderful journey.  Now I will go back to the beginning and go through the course again.”


“Congratulations Susan! you have created a very magical painting for your Workshop P summary painting project, with a very effective use of luminosity in the light entering the woodlands.

One of the things I have heard many times is that when you paint, you need to have a love of your subject. Your love of nature certainly comes out in your work. It is this love of your subject I think that creates the poetry in a painting.

I look forward to continuing the exploration of painting with you as you continue to go into different areas of painting in more depth. Congratulations once more!