Learning takes commitment

I’m finally back to continue this journey. I’m going to give you a quick catch up on my progress today.

After my second class, I wanted to try this painting thing on my own. I set up a “mini studio” in our kitchen (more on that another day). I had a few photos lined up that I thought would be worthy. These were from my early efforts.

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We did a landscape in our third class, then more still life’s, from photos and real life. Our teacher, Alice O’Leary, has been great to make us stretch, quickly, every week is a new lesson. I will discuss some of our lessons in future blogs. Here are a two of my class paintings.

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I continued with my paintings at home. I’m pretty fast, not sure if that is my ability or lack of detail and patience?? I try to paint looser every week. I started fairly tight (accurate), using a small brush to paint in details. Alice emphasizes using larger brushes for loose painting, my family says “impressionistic” when describing my style. I would say I’m a long way from meeting that description, but it’s a good goal. Here are some of my better early paintings.

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I try to paint 4-5 days a week, which includes my 3-hour class each week. If I can paint all day, I sometimes produce 3 paintings. Now, these are small, mostly 5×7 or 6×6 inches. Class paintings are usually 8×10 or 9×12.   Obviously, our house is starting to fill up with inventory. Leighton wandered around the other night, trying to figure out where we can expand. Ha ha, not yet. However, it is August and I have painted over 100 paintings so far. Here are a few of my later efforts.

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Am I making progress??

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How did I miss my calling?

First Painting, 8
First Painting, 8″x10″, oil on canvas board

April 1, I attended my first art class to learn oil painting. Our teacher first discussed basic colors, we made a color wheel and looked at the cool and warm colors you get by mixing from our color palette of 6 basic colors: lemon yellow, cad yellow, cad red, alizarin Crimson, ultramarine blue and manganese blue. Of course, we also use white, but NO black paint. We must learn to create any color from just this limited palette, even black.

Next, our instructor did a demo of 2 pears on a plaid tablecloth. She showed us how to start with the darkest colors then add the brighter tones. We added the shadow when doing the tablecloth. I never really noticed shadows, sure I knew they were there, but specifically seeing them was a whole new vision.

Then we got to try our hand at the same painting. I’m not a fan of pairs, I’ve always been taught to think in odd numbers for design. So I deleted a pear and went with this composition. The outcome was quite a surprise for me, one I’m proud to present as my first oil painting.

I plan to present a fast forward version of our class exercises and the paintings I have created at home. Expect to see a link to my selling website soon.