The class went up the north shore of Lake Superior to a rocky beach. Piles of driftwood were all along the shore. Our teacher immediately set to work. It was amazing to see how he took such a complex scene, simplified it, and produced a beautiful painting. He demonstrated how to use cast shadows on the driftwood to show the curve of the log, and to create interest along the length of the log with changing colors.
I did a study of driftwood and was able to incorporate some of the lessons. I look forward to using what I learned in a finished piece.