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Saturday, March 30, 2013
March 30th, PLEIN AIR PAINTING at the Barbados Museum with Tutor Omowale Stuart
Ok, well it started at 9am and finished at 1pm...five hours in the hot sun..but worth every
moment of it.
We chose our spots and set up our easels. Omowale came around and gave each of us
some perspective as to what he expected, asked which medium we were working with (for
us it was watercolour) and why we chose the spot that we did. (Both T and I like the
frontal view of the Museum Shop, mine further back as I liked the path going to the shop,
his closer in as he liked the building detail.
Omowale has an approach that is FREE....he said we were taught or learnt to be controlled
in the use of the medium and emphasized that there is no right or wrong way to paint...it
comes from inside each of us. As far as control was concern, he was fully at the reigns with
our tuition...as he says .." You in MY yard now.." :)
When we wrapped up, he lined up all the paintings from all the artistes and gave us a
general review and critique. All in all we did good. The main problem, some of us were
afraid to put the colour on the board, some of us took too long to get the composition
together and others were so stuck in their control of the media that he commented...."
When you do that (pointing to one piece) that is COLOURING....when you do that (pointing
to another piece) that is EXPRESSION.....
We have to finish the pieces by next week, having taken a snapshot when the time ran
out....but needless to say it was worth every sun blistering, throat parching, ant stinging
Thank you NCF, Omowale, Carla and Rodney....T and I look forward to our session next