3 days with Tom Hoffman: Day 3

Day 3. Back to the Dogpatch. I found that when a pencil study doesn’t help me solve much,hoffman_suhita_6a

A watercolor study in monotone is much better. hoffman_suhita_6b

Followed by this. The hardest part of this was adding that vertical drybrush shadow I added in last. You can see my first sketch covered with ‘practice strokes’…

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I started on another study but didn’t get further than the monotone watercolor.

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And after a bunch of (for me) calm studies in the morning, this one below is jumping right in with color  and flat shapes and having a ball. hoffman_suhita_8a

I had so much fun I started on a new one, but then decided to leave it unfinished to move to our last location of the workshop…hoffman_suhita_8b

Painted from inside the yellow cab taxi shed, looking out.  We sat far back in the shed and painted it’s huge, cavernous structure

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And with that the workshop was done- too soon.
Day 1 of the workshop is here. Day 2 is here. Wish you’d been there? Well, until you can take a workshop with Tom, here’s his book.

 

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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10 Responses to 3 days with Tom Hoffman: Day 3

  1. I loved these!!!!!!!! Wow they are reallllllyyy cool! Seriously! I’m going to try to copy this work. :p

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  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful paintings. I hope tolearn from them!

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  3. I absolutely love these! The first one after your sketches is my favorite, wow….what were your choice of colors?

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    • Thanks Margaret, it’s hard to tell exact colors because I rarely stick with pre-determined color mixes. So this is an inexact answer: in that mix of bluish and brownish neutrals is a lot of cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, burnt umber, burnt sienna, and quin gold . if you see my dry-brush stroke practice on that very first image you’ll see how I lad my brush with different colors and let a lot of mixing happen on the paper. Hope that helps!

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  4. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    It’s amazing how photographic the third sketch is. You do such beautiful work.

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  5. Never thought industrial areas could look so good! You are a true artist Suhita! I salute your passion!

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    • Thanks Mona, I love industrial stuff, big city stuff: you know how you retreat to nature for peace of mind and inspiration? Me? Put me in the middle of rushhour in Bombay and I can paint my heart out!

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  6. Susan Wilson says:

    What a great shift this has been for you. I love this series from the workshop and enjoy seeing how expansive it has been for you. Always great to see how you interpret what you see in front of you.

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    • Susan, I agree, very different form my usual work: I think that’s me in any workshop, big shifts, and then, over time, a return back closer to where I am before, but hopefully, with learning, inspiration and concepts form the workshop integrated into my work.

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