Monday, June 9, 2014

Demo of what I learned in Dreama Tolle Perry's Class

June 9, 2014

I would love to take another workshop with Dreama.  I have used the techniques learned in the class with her last Spring, but would like to take it up a notch and fine tune her use of brilliant color.  In the meantime I will just keep practicing.  I'm using this method for most of the paintings I do of local Fredericksburg emphasizing small flower gardens. 

Here is a step-by-step of the recent one I did of a house that is at the corner of Fauquier and Charles Street.  The painting is varnished and already at Heather Boutique on Caroline Street. 

Finished Painting 8 x 10

Step 1 - loose drawing of big shapes
Step 2 - transparent colors mixed with medium of 3pts gamsol, 2 parts linseed oil, 1 part damvar varnish

Step 3 - added the flowers with magenta and medium plus darkened up some areas.  The dark colors will later show through the opaque layer and help keep the color strong. 

Step 4 - did some re-drawing with the sculptor tool suggested by Dreama.
Step 5 - (wish I had taken a few more photos of this stage) - use opaque colors and colors mixed with white for the final layer.  Paint into transparent layer letting some darks peek through the top layer. 
Some last changes - after letting the painting sit overnight, I made a few changes.  I broke up the line of flowers and added some petals in the foreground. 
This is what I remember from the class.  If you ever have the chance, take one of Dreama Tolle Perry's Workshop.  She is such a fantastic teacher.
Examples of recent paintings done in this style


  1. Carol I always love your flower paintings!

  2. Great job! Going to one of hers in November, I am VERY excited!

    1. I tried to join your site, but a page came up that said "couldn't be found". Could be a problem on my end?

  3. You are so lucky. You will love the class. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your lovely work.

  4. Carol, I always learn something good from your blog! Thanks for taking the time to share! Your paintings are so lovely! I'm still going through your blog and excited to read the next quote and see the demos. Great job!