Off topic, yes, but fun!  Had a great time Easter Sunday, just getting around to posting some pics.  No paintings today.  Enjoy!

Young meets Odd...Old meets new.

Boy Intrigued…by Leopard Easter Bunny.

Gracie Chasing Bubbles

Gracie Chases Bubbles in Bubbles.

2 thoughts on “Easter in San Francisco

  1. Kathy Johnson says:

    Hi Ed,

    I am so glad I found your site. I have been looking for a workshop with Ovanes Berberian for 4 or 5 years. Thanks to you I am now signed up for one in June. Any suggestions for a first timer? Is there any thing not on his list that would be useful? I’m close enough that I’ll be driving, so how much I bring is not an issue.

    His supplies list includes masonite boards. I have never used them–can you tell me how to prepare them? I think it would be better to prepare them before the workshop–I’m sure I will busy enough during the week without having extra preparations to do. How many do you think I should bring? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    I’d like to receive your newsletter, any chance?

    Thanks so much,

    Kathy Johnson

  2. To answer Kathy’s questions above:

    If you’re a first-time Ovanes student, first, don’t be intimidated. Although he’s incredibly talented, he’s quite shy and patient. I’ve heard stories in the past of abruptness, but didn’t see that myself. Be aware of one thing: he’s shy, so he may watch you paint without you’re knowing! Maybe that’s a good thing 😉 Also, his classes tend to be big, and he doesn’t always get to everyone’s easel. When you’re ready for a critique, I would watch him give another student a critique, and when done, ask him if he would visit you next.

    His supplies list includes masonite boards, but that’s really your option. He paints on linen most of the time. You should use whatever surface you’re most comfortable with. You don’t want to have to learn to many things at once. If you do use them, I would coat with at least 3 layers of gesso, sanding in between. Whatever your surface, I would plan on painting two per day, of about 12×16” size. If you have the energy to paint plein air before or after his class, bring a few smaller sizes as well.

    He specifies a LOT of colors. I bought them all last time, and didn’t end up using them (I tried a few, but he likes umbers, etc, and I don’t). Again, I would not go overboard and buy all the colors on his list (especially the earth tones). Have at least one warm/cool version of each color.

    I will be there June 18-22, 2007. Hope to see you there! Good luck!

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