What a fun night with the girls! We painted my favorite little boat and had a lot of great conversation about color mixing and painting mechanics. It was a great class.
Oooh, this was a tough one. The simple ones always are! We had one color family and one subject with a very obvious shape. Easy peasey, right? Not. Mixing the various greens and blues was a tough job. Likewise, getting the illusion of that wave curling over and crashing behind the foreground water was tough. Those who had zinc white in their arsenal had an easier time with the foam. The transparency of the zinc white makes it easier to sneak up on the brightest areas. This ended up being a fun and educational exercise. Everyone did a great job. Welcome to our newest painter, Cathy!
We painted more sunsets this week than you can shake a paintbrush at (15 student paintings, to be exact (Paul left before we got a photo!)). We started with a lovely photo of a beach reflecting the oranges of the fading sun. This painting was full of drama and subtlety, and we worked very hard trying to capture the directionality of the sky, the reflective quality of the wet sand, the texture of the shadowed sand, and the depth of the bank of trees. Lots of work, but everyone did a wonderful job. We learned a new technique, too. Sgraffito. We used sgraffito in the trees to pull some of the sunset through them. Very fun and effective.
We worked on a nice calm oceany view today. It made us all want to go on vacation, I think. Nice job on texture and skies!
We had a lot of fun painting this little guy. We worked on transparency using zinc or mixing white as well as glazing medium. This helped us represent the diaphanous aspect of the fins dancing in the water. Very nicely done, I’d say.
They thought it would be fun to paint the starfish again. I’m not sure they still feel that way! Some good paintings (after they got some distance from them, it was easier to see!). Loraine is on a starfish boycott. Her beach is unsullied by wayward marine life. I think we ought to do it again next week. 😉
We painted Becky’s palm tree again tonight. We looove the palm trees. Everyone did a great job with those awesome purple shadows and lovely blue skies. I love the paintings. Nice job!
Brenda continued her work with the big beautiful bouquet. More fine tuning and balancing. It’s coming along nicely.
Becky D was nice enough to let us paint this tropical beach scene that she photographed on a trip to Hawaii. It’s a really lovely scene with cool purple shadows crawling across the pale orange sand and a nice frondy palm tree to take center-ish stage. I really enjoyed watching these progress. All so different, but all so nicely done!
Tonight wasn’t nearly as party-like as last Monday, but we still had a good time. We painted a grand lighthouse on the beach. The shading on the lighthouse was difficult, but not as difficult as that sand! It’s hard to get good texture and value in the sand. Very nice paintings, though.