September 4, 2009

We had a beautiful week here in Greenville while Kim English taught his oil painting class for Hudson River Valley Art Workshops. Kim is all about “capturing the moment” – fast one-go-paintings. He used models on all days, except on Wednesday when the group went out to our favorite local farm to paint. The models were set up as “couples” in the landscape around the inn.

This is around the pool (unfortunately closed this year).

That’s Kim in the black tshirt.

One positive thing about the pool being closed is the great reflections from the dark pool tarp! It was like being next to a natural pond.

During the last two days of the workshop, with a different set of models, the group spent time on the front side lawn of the inn.

Lots of shade for the artists, but sharp bright light on the models.

Kim was a tireless instructor and kept moving around the group to offer advice and guidance.

Kim had the models do 5 minute poses, everyone painting like crazy and then at the end of 5 minutes, you’d wipe your painting off and then start again. Theresa Q described it as Etch-A-Sketch painting! The idea was to learn to capture the feeling and essence of the scene in a matter of moments.

A very rewarding time was had by all and I’m happy to report that just today I confirmed with Kim that he will be back teaching for us in August 14 – 20, 2011. Mark your calendars, his class this year filled up fast!

Meanwhile back the inn, Mark was busy making mocha marshmallow chocolates to fill a new 9 piece boxed set of Halloween chocolates for Life By Chocolates! Plenty of “trimmings” for sample tastes were available to the students. That kept them energized!

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