Many thanks to artist Elio Camacho for his October 30th demo of his painting and color mixing techniques at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. The image shown is the 30” x 40” demo painting at the 4:00 p.m. end of the demo, offering a revealing combination of the nearly finished painting and ‘in progress’ brush and color work. It was done in one hour and forty-five minutes with a single #10 flat brush, frequently wiped with paper towels, but never cleaned. The majority of his harmonious color mixing is done on the canvas with the single brush - the amiable Camacho confessed to the attentive gathering of painters that the two additional brushes always held in his left hand are only a ‘nervous tick’.
He begins a painting by quickly making a loose sketch with a stiff brush, defining shapes, values and indicating problem areas in the still life composition. As the sketch is refined, loosely brushed color is applied and the work is eventually blocked in. Shapes are refined as the color is mixed on the canvas. The occasional removal of paint with a brushstroke reveals underlying color. Only toward the end do the objects take on the colors and character of the actual pieces in his ala prima style.
Later in the evening, the Stroke of Genius Painting and Performance Program continued with Koki Sugita (Japan – Captivating performance art combines contemporary art with Japanese tradition); and Glenn Grishkoff (California – The art of brush making and performance art embodies the power of the brush stroke), offering performance-oriented demonstrations to a large crowd. The following day, these artists taught workshops and the Florida Orchestra performed for families at DFAC. Congratulations to a job well done by many in putting these events together. Special thanks to Christine Renc-Carter, Adult Education Director, for her creative, hard work!