This was a 2 day workshop with Ann Breckon held in a room in an office building in Bellevue. We were a group of 8, smaller than planned but weather might have had something to do with it. There was some time for talking so I got to know the artists seated around me a little and found them to be very interesting people.
I’ve attended Ann’s demos at Daniel Smith and for a couple years have wanted to take a workshop with her.
We all worked on the same subject which was a tracing of a photo Ann took at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula. We used a second photo as a reference for a more interesting sky. My goal for the workshop was to learn to paint better skies and water.
I found Ann’s teaching method to be very conducive to learning. She demonstrated and taught as she made her painting in stages. Each section was a manageable amount for remembering and learning the techniques and process. We would watch her demonstrate and then go back to our own paintings to work on that section: sky, background stacks (rocks) and mountains, beach and water, foreground stack, hillside with trees and background drift wood, foreground drift wood.
I filled a smaller palette with many of her recommended colors. Some I didn’t use at all but others I nearly emptied. I painted on a quarter sheet, which is much larger than I normally use.
I was happy with my painting.
I’d highly recommend Ann’s workshops and classes. She has that special touch in being able to offer both praise and helpful suggestions for improvement. Her website is not up to date so one would have to email her to get the 2019 schedule. She responded promptly when I contacted her. Registration is by mail.