Wicked Waves

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Wow, this was a hard one. There’s a lot going on in this image, and a lot of components to figure out and beak down. It’s amazing, though, everyone always thinks rocks are hard to paint until you’re painting rocks and a wave. Then, the rocks are cake! We learned a lot on this painting, though, especially about working in series. We came across lots of things we would do differently the next time we paint this. If you work in series, every painting builds on the last one and you continually learn more and more about your subject. That said, we have done really nice waves here. They were difficult, but nut impossible, and everyone did a good job. We have great color, great rocks, great foam, and lots of different but convincing waves. Hang ’em up!

SC Sunset

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Why is Catharina always hiding? Tonight she’s showing off her gorgeous painting. She managed to make brushwork look like palette knife. It’s beautiful. Amazing texture. Everyone did a great job on this one. Joyce really took a graphic approach that was bold and fun. Obviously, she’s not on spreading trends with the whole painting yet, but she’ll get there. She’s really developing a fun style! Ricki did a good job getting her sky mojo back. Lots of texture and color and directionality in it. Very nice. I’m amazed by how well everyone recreated the reflective quality of that wet sand. Very convincing. Jim and I were discussing it that night, and if we let the value get darker near the foreground and really squeeze the area that gets the brightest reflection,I think it will be even more convincing. Nice job, everyone, and thanks to Loraine for a great photo!

Double Dinghy

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Today was a very dinghy day. We painted everyone’s favorite beached boat twice today. We did a lot of discussing about the color wheel, choosing your toning color, brush work, and shadows. I love watching all the different atmospheres develop from the same reference photo. Lots of great work tonight. Welcome to our new painters!

Whoosh!

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So, Ricki seems to love to challenge us. She brought this totally tubular wave tonight, and it was so much fun and so challenging to paint! It was quite a trick to maintain the depth of the “green room” as Ricki called it (I learn something new every day). I really enjoyed this one, and loved watching everyone work through it. Such great work! Victoria joined us again, and opted to paint more flowers. She had some theories she wanted to test about when to paint the background. We also talked about using more paint and blending. Great job!

Sunset Success!

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See, Loraine, you CAN do your sunset justice. Loraine brought in these gorgeous sunset photos for us to unravel. Lots of good color discussion tonight. This is a painting where squeezing the light really creates a dramatic sunset. Loraine’s painting is a good example of that. Those pinks ate so much more brilliant because they are surrounded by all that dark. Nice, ladies!

Lake Effects

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We had a brand new group tonight, and they got to work on water and reflections. Two of the harder things to accomplish, but everyone did a very nice job. We talked about all kinds of things tonight, such as the color wheel, analogous colors, complementary colors, atmospheric perspective. Wow, that’s a lot! It gets easier the more you do it, so keep painting!

Tech skills

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Tonight we worked really hard on gradients, clouds, and reflections. All difficult skills to master, but practice is the key! Everyone improved tonight, and made a nice simplified seascape. Truly, all you need is sky and water to make a seascape. Or, as Joyce and Loraine remember from the art museum, all you need is a piece of paper with a horizon line.