This painting was begun near the beginning of September 2019, and took quite a while to complete because of missed classes and so on. It’s a relief to finally get it done. I’m rather pleased by how it turned out.Continue reading “Sunflowers and Barn”
So today, 2019-08-28, my painting class is participating in an art show at the facility our classes are held at. A couple weeks ago, we worked on matting the various pieces we were going to put in the show. There were no limits said on what would be okay, and we were mainly asked by the instructor for quantity.Continue reading “painting class, a show, and politics”
Our teacher handed this source image, which is of a painting, as an assignment. I don’t know the artist of the source, so I can’t credit it.
This provided us a lot of stuff to work on:
- the clouds
- the stone wall of the barn facing us
- the stones and stump in the foreground
Some of the other students were working on this photo earlier, and I wanted to give it a go, since the lighting is so unusual.
Having a nice collection of watercolour tube paints is a welcome addition to the sketching field kit. I got a new Meeden mini-palette and filled with some of the my fav midwest and west-coast paints.
In today’s class, we watched two videos:
- A field scene in Andy Evansen’s Plein Aire painting in the Cotswolds.
- A Ron Ransom video tutorial on painting skies, especially clouds
I have not painted figures so much, and rather few birds, so I thought I’d give this little one a go. Some people told me this is a female goldfinch. I have no idea.
The point of today’s painting was more practice with water control, in particular, having too much water and using it to define the rows between the plants.
Following swiftly on the heals of the previous painting, I did another. The wet-in-wet version took about 15 mintues to paint, about a half hour to dry with considerable coaxing from a hair dryer, then about 5 minutes to ink.
After than I decided to go back to a wet on dry technique, as we normally do.
We practiced two new techniques with this painting:
- soaking paper, and applying gooey paint
- using a brush pen to ink the outlines when dry
This was huge fun, and I think I’ve found a style I really like doing. The painting is extremely fast, and the inking is fun after the painting and paper are completely dry. The tough part is it takes a long time for the paper to completely dry, even when helped along with a hair dryer.