Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tanis Bula Sunflower Workshop
Catching Tanis for a brief hello, I reminded her of how much I learned from her when I took her classes years ago. She was instrumental in reinforcing the necessity of strong values in a painting, good composition and asymmetry, and always showed so much joy in just trying a new hue or experimenting with a new technique.
I heard Tanis exclaiming over the gorgeous yellows and burnt oranges in her palette, generously sharing her paints with the students. They all got to work on crafting petal shapes, shadows and centers. Kathy Cranmer, a student in the class and talented botanical artist and instructor herself, added helpful information about how sunflower centers, pinecones, pineapples and many other items from nature all follow the Fibonacci sequence in their patterns. Tanis instructed on the use of oil pastels to create texture in the middle of the sunflower to add that extra sparkle.