Last night I had the pleasure to visit the home and studio of Mark and Lori Putnam in Charlotte, Tennessee. They were hosting an Open House and Paint-out.
I also registered for the Lori's painting demo, which was amazing!
Lori recently hosted a workshop in Limoux, France, and gave us the history of Champagne in Limoux. Her husband past out champagne classes so we could christen the studio and toast our health, happiness, and success as artists. It was a lovely evening.
Mark, admittedly the cook in the family, treated us to a delicious feast. He is also the creator of the app Value Viewer which is an essential tool to most plein air artists.
Mark and Lori's house is probably 80% studio. I love it! Mark designed it based on the studio of Joaquin Sorolla, which they visited in Madrid, Spain, during the time they were living in Italy.
Here is Lori's palette. I love photographing painters palettes. They are the original "original" art!
Lori starts with a limited palette and then adds convenient colors as needed. Using fewer tubes of paint lightens her backpack when working in the field, and provides dependable color mixtures. She uses these Gamblin Artists Colors:
- Cad Yellow Light
- Napthol Red
- Ultramarine Blue
- Titanium White
ADDED CONVENIENCE Palette
These additional colors can be added for convenience mixing. They come in handy in the studio where mixing large piles of paint rapidly is needed, and added weight for travel is not an issue. You do NOT need to buy all of these colors, but everyone always wants to know about other colors she enjoys using.
- Transparent Earth Yellow
- Cad Yellow Medium
- Cad Orange Deep
- Brown Pink
- Quinacridone Violet
- Permanent Green Lt
- Prussian Blue
- Chromatic Black
- Warm White
- Radiant Turquoise
In last night's demonstration she used two colors I had never heard of and can't wait to purchase: Brown Pink and Asphaltum. Asphaltum is a transparent burnt umber type paint.
Lori enjoys painting on Raymar panels, #15 double primed linen.
I've attended so many workshops that very little is really new to me now, but I always glean a pearl of wisdom or two from each event I attend. Last night I was intrigued with the lesson on gradation. I've always know what it was, but had never heard it put into words. Gradation is the use of subtly changing an aspect of your painting such as shapes, brushwork, color, value, line size, focal point or detail to add interest and finesse.
I left inspired!
Thank you to Mark and Lori Putnam for an amazing evening!!