Highlights from Jay Moore Large Canvas Demonstration

| November 14, 2009
jay moore workshop demonstration painting

Nearing completion at Jay Moore large canvas demonstration (partial painting shown)

Unbelievable. I just spent three really great days at Jay Moore’s latest large canvas demonstration workshop in Parker, Colorado. Since I have collected several of Jay’s works and have an intense interest in improving my landscape painting skills, I thought the workshop would be a great opportunity to see a true professional artist at work and get to know him better. I came away from the experience completely satisfied and motivated as well as a little poorer. More on that later.

jay moore workshop demonstration painting field study

The field study used for Jay Moore’s demonstration

The workshop consisted of three 8:30am to 5:00pm days filled with a comprehensive view into Jay’s process of turning a successful field sketch and study into a large canvas work of fine art. The long days of painting were broken up by engaging fine art discussion with Jay and the other seven participants in the workshop. The group got along really well as evidenced by a fair number of laughs thrown in. It was truly a pleasure to meet and share experiences other enthusiastic artists. We also met on Tuesday evening for an electronic presentation of Jay’s paintings to discuss various aspects of the work and the stories behind their creation.

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Transferring the study to the large piece

Throughout the demonstration, Jay not only explained the technical aspects of his process but he also took the time to communicate the concepts and motivations behind his work. To Jay, painting is more than creating a pretty picture. He emphasized the importance of a establishing the concept for a painting and how we must remain true to that concept as we work through the piece. If we are successful as artists in delivering on the promise of our concepts and motivations, our work will transcend the ordinary and become more meaningful to us and the people that view it. I am taking this advice to heart and will seriously consider the importance of this approach in my future work.

jay moore workshop demonstration painting blocking

Jay Moore blocks in the initial forms

For the piece in the demonstration, Jay started off by sketching on white canvas with a mix of thinned violet paint using a small round brush. He then covered the canvas with a warm wash to serve as the underpainting. This underpainting was the foundation for the luminous glow that Jay was after. After that, he blocked in the trees, followed by the sky and Teton mass, paying close attention to values and and how they related to his field study and each other. From there, he started blocking in the light side of the bushes after which he applied many layers of paint to create dimension through light and shadow and the critical interface between them. His delicate touch through the multiple layers slowly revealed wonderfully textured and dimensional forms filled with color. Jay worked thin to thick, paying careful attention to values, detail and texture as they related to the focal point of the piece and the areas of secondary interest.

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Building layers in the foreground

The thing that fascinated me the most was how realistic the forms looked in context and how abstract they looked up close. Jay has a gift for being able to lay down the right “dots” that are ultimately connected by the viewers brain to create an impression of incredible realism. Jay’s work is created in part by the many years of experience he has had in the field. He understands how and why things grow and look the way the look in nature because he has been a student of the outdoors since his childhood. Jay’s paintings are carefully thought out compositions that involve insightful simplification and rearrangements to support his concept and aesthetic vision. What appears to be a photographic rendering from a distance is actually a symphony of masterfully placed strokes of value, edge and form. He takes the viewer to the critical point were the imagination can take over to fill in the detail and inject emotion.

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Brushwork and paint detail for key aspen in light

Now a bit on becoming poorer. Although I already have two of Jay’s water scenes hanging in my home, I yearned to add another to my collection that showcases his remarkable ability to render forms lurking in the shallow depths of a lake’s edge and the inevitable  reflections of the pristine Colorado landscape in the distance. I am happy to say that I found that piece during the workshop and am excited to add it to my collection. In all, this workshop was a fabulous experience. I highly recommend taking this workshop if Jay holds another one in the future. If not, Jay has three videos that you can buy through his website and holds a number of other workshops that you may be interested in attending.

As a final note, I have not received any free products in connection with the mention of the products or services in today’s post. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to Jay for granting permission to post the pictures of his work from the workshop.

Category: Fine Art and Painting

Comments (6)

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  1. Randy Saffle says:

    Wish I had been there. I have two of Jay’s DVD’s and the man can teach. I would love to see your collection someday.

    I just got a Bob Rohm Colorado painting myself. Love having originals.

  2. Lee says:

    You are right, Jay is a very good teacher. He really does not harp on technique as much as the principles of painting. Congrats of getting the Bob Rohm. The work on his site looks nice! I hope you do see my collection someday. That means we will be painting shortly thereafter.

  3. Sue Kleeman says:

    Hi Lee,

    That was a great summary of Jay’s workshop. You conveyed his teachings perfectly. I want to see your collection too. And of course we will have go painting. It was great to meet you and the other artists. I was sad when it ended.

    Happy painting,

  4. Lee says:

    Hi Sue! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. It was a fun group at the workshop and I enjoyed it as well. Hmmm, I might have to plan a soirée at the house at some point to view the art and discuss all things related. Maybe I can convince John T. to come so you and others can meet him as well. Have a good weekend!

  5. Carol Nelson says:

    Lee, I want to put a link to your blog on my blog because I thought your review of the Jay Moore workshop was so good. I know we’ve spoken at various art shows, but I couldn’t remember your last name (my bad). Would you please plaster your name all over ADNW so others will know who you are?
    I’m listing ADNW under my favorite blog list, because I like your writinig as well as your painting.
    Thanks, Carol

  6. Lee says:

    Wow, thanks Carol. I sincerely appreciate the comment and am honored to be linked from your blog! I am glad you enjoyed the post!