Pat began the workshop with a demonstration. As she worked on her painting she walked us through the steps of selecting a subject, deciding what to include and what to leave out (both are important), working with changing light and shadows, using color and light to develop depth and interest. She also discussed techniques and pigment combinations for different effects. I enjoyed watching her paint as much as listening to her discussion of painting. When she had the majority of the painting done she sent us out to find a spot and begin our own paintings. The finished painting and other photos from the workshop can be seen on Pat's blog.
After a quick turn around the garden I decided to setup in among the roses. I picked a spot where I could look through the roses at a distant piece of sculpture, which turned out to be an untitled metal piece by Edward Chrisman. Pat came by after I had finished my initial sketch and gave me some great pointers on painting roses. I spent the rest of the afternoon among the roses painting. Even thought it was overcast, it turned out to be a wonderful day to be at the garden.
Camp Time Roll-a-Chair has a shoulder strap and the tripod has a handle. So it was easy to carry all the items out to the garden.