After a little hiatus from painting impressionistic work, I am back taking some classes and really enjoying the art of the little painting. A couple of months ago I took a class at the Winslow Art Center by David Marty for six weeks and really enjoyed learning new ideas and techniques. The class is and was fun (new section now) as we paint one photograph in class (can finish at home) and do another one for “homework”. It has gotten me back doing one of the things in life I love the most (cooking being the second).
This was the first painting I did in class and really enjoyed the process and continued to use some of what I learned in painting number two which was our homework assignment.
Back in class, we critiqued what we had done at home and worked on a new photo. Everyone seemed to like my homework and it is still the favorite of my husband.
Back in class we worked more on reflection and tree shapes and were sent home with homework of painting the garden. I did not love the “garden”, so reversed it and added a little girl in the garden. It looks a little “old world” to me and is not one of my favorites.
From there we went to working on a road scene, which I thought was fun and liked the result. It is fun to see your style change and grow in a rather short amount of time.
Painting homework for that week, seemed a bit overwhelming to me when I started working on it, as it seemed to be mostly “just trees”, and to try to make that look interesting was somewhat challenging.
I think it turned out better than I would have predicted and it did not take a lot of time, or I should say I did not spend a lot of time on it.
One of the other things I was doing while taking the class was working on a three foot by five-foot commission for a design client, so it was interesting going from working on an 8″ x 10″ or 9″ x 12″ to working on the larger scale.
Back in class, we worked on painting rocks on this cliffside painting with rocks and trees. For once I did not finish in class and worked on the rocks when I got home. I have started collecting art books, which are always good for getting ideas of how to do something differently.
Homework came as another road scene with a barn off to the side. I really enjoyed working on this one and liked the result, although I did tweak it a bit after the class.
Coming back to class we had the opportunity to work on a Night Scene, and this is what I came up with for the project.
This one came out more abstracted than any of the others I had done. The teacher of the class seemed to like it. And homework was of a barn, as requested by someone in the class. I have painted a lot of barns, but usually 18″ x 24″ or bigger, so this was fun.
Working on skies with lots of clouds came next. Have you ever noticed that the lowest clouds are always parallel to the horizon? The more I paint the more I notice these things. We painted this in class and difference in how people see the same thing is amazing to me.
We were sent home with more homework after our first six classes, as everyone in the class asked if the same teacher could come back to teach another four-week session.
We came back to class and the first day we painted waves. Now, this may look easy, but to make them look real (and interesting) I found quite challenging.
Following the beach scene we were sent home the following assignment, which I did twice, as I did not like the first one very much.
Tell me if you can see the differences. I liked the second one much better. This is becoming a trend now with me and seems the second one is always better.
Since we were all snowed in for more than a week, the perfect exercise for the class must have been working on snow paintings. We did a series of two and I painted them both twice.
There is quite a difference between these two. I painted the second one in class.
On to the second snow scene, which both are homework. I didn’t love the first one, so I painted it again.
I do not know what adventure we will paint tomorrow, but I know it will be fun.