Croton Creative

Thank You Croton Creative Workshop Photographers

Just a quick "thank you" to all the talented photographers who participated in my fall 2011 Croton Creative Workshop (one hour from NYC). You all did an amazing job. What's more, we had a blast!

Above is our group shot, taken at one of my favorite shooting locations, a nearby Buddhist temple. Below is a cool shot (taken by John Dutsar) of the Buddhist temple.

I also want to thank the Croton Fire Department for letting my group shoot in one of the firehouses. I took the photograph below to illustrate the technique: the closer you are to a subject, the more intimate the picture becomes. Here I used my Canon 15mm lens on my Canon 7D.

And below is our group shot with Tom "Tex" Dinkler, who helped coordinate our shoot at the firehouse. Thanks, Text!

During my Croton workshops, I make a BIG print of a student's image that I really like. Below: John Virgolino and I are holding a 24 x 53-inch print of the Buddhist temple that I made for him on my Canon IPF 6350 printer. Nice work, John . . . stitching together 21 images for this super pano!

Below is my own favorite shot from yesterday. Yes! We do studio work, too! Click here to read about it.

Below: Nice shots Ned (left) and Bryon (right)!

I hope to see you soon on another workshop. Croton Creative Students: If you have a web gallery, post it in the Comments here on my blog. I would love to see more of your pictures!

I am currently setting the dates for two 2012 Croton Creative Workshops.

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Explore the light,


Of course we shoot at the New Croton Dam! Above is a wonderful image by Don Smith. I like the depth of this image. Below is a nice pano from Bernie Perry.

New View at New Croton Dam

My Croton Creative Workshops students spent yesterday morning taking pictures at the New Croton Dam.

Here's a cool, new view taken by workshop participant, John Davis.

For more of John's work, see his site.

More pix to come.

I run the Croton Creative Workshop twice a year. For info, contact me.

Explore the light,

P.S. Below is a shot I took on a previous Croton Creative Workshop. Croton is a great place to shoot!

Painting Class Added to Croton Creative

My friend and neighbor, Joe Mullins, is offering an outdoor and painting class at the same time I am running my October 2011 Croton Creative Digital Photography Class

We'll get together for a nice welcome dinner and dinners throughout the week - sharing what we have learned and how we might apply the lessons to our individual craft. We'll also have a grand finale show at the end of the workshops. What fun!
Here's the scoop.

This course will incorporate basic sketching styles specifically for landscape painting. It will cover pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and charcoal. These sketches will be used as a road map to help the artist re-define the landscape in front of them. With these on-site drawings and sketches of the landscapes, the artist can continue their finished painting in the studio as many landscape painters do. All levels. All media will be covered, watercolor will be the focus.

Demonstrations will be given over a three-day period in different media to explain the usefulness of this process.

September 28 to October 1.

Limit 8 students. Cost: $800.

Day 1:
Participants will become familiar with their surroundings through sketches & drawings.  I will cover value sketches as reference for paintings. We will cover several different media as well as he importance of becoming familiar with a scene or an general area.

Day 2:
Continuing the process of sketching, we will develop more informational drawings that will stand as a road map for painting in the future. We begin to develop a finished painting or paintings.

Day 3:
Now that we have become familiar with our chosen scene and referencing the previous days studies we will develop a finished painting.

Materials List:

Easel,  any style that will adjust to a flat surface. Look for watercolor easels,
Palette / Tray
Water containers
Rags or paper towels
2” flat synthetic wash brush
1”  flat synthetic wash brush
Squirrel Quill Mop Brush No. 10
Round Kolinsky Sable No. 12 or a blend of  synthetic Round Kolinsky Sable No. 12
Round Kolinsky Sable No. 6 or a blend of  synthetic Round Kolinsky Sable No. 6
Winsor Newton Sceptre Gold II or the Cotman line are fine.

Tubed watercolors:
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Red
Alizarin Crimson
French Ultramarine
Colbolt Blue
Perylene Green
Sap Green
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Payne’s Grey

Sketch (bond paper) 11” X 14”
Watercolor paper:  90 or 140 lb is fine.  Try different brands and surfaces.  Rough, cold press & hot press are the 3 surfaces available in watercolor paper.  Cold press is the most popular. If you are a beginner, stick with cold press

See more of Joe's work on his site.

To sign up, shoot Joe an email.