Life’s a Beach, Again.


We had a full house tonight for the popular beached boat painting. 6 new students! Wow! And every one did a fantastic job on this painting. It looks simple until you dive in and realize there’s a whole lot going on, and a lot of tricky color mixing. We talked about lost edges and letting the shadow crawl up the object casting the shadow to ground the object. Great job, everyone. How to see you all back in two weeks for the floral painting.

A Light in the Dark

Well, this looked like an easy one to do, but don’t they all! Lots to think about on this painting. Straight lines, symmetrical angles, deep water colors, shallow water colors, reflections and where they happen, clouds that pass behind objects, shadows that show form, WOW! Everyone did a great job, though. Very nice paintings. Gold star goes to Catharina for her fantastic reflections showing showing on all the bits of still water.


Foamy Fun



Tonight we added two new items to our toolboxes. We learned about glazing medium and using glazes to easily alter our colors and apply transparent layers of color. We also learned about zinc white. While Titanium white is fantastic for opaque coverage, sometimes you need a transparent white and that’s where zinc comes in. You might think that using the transparent zinc white would be the same as using titanium white thinned with glazing medium, but the zinc is definitely the winner for this use. The titanium white tends to be chalky and foggy when thinned. So, for glazing purposes, zinc is a winner. For tinting other colors, covering dark colors, or for adding opaque highlights, titanium is the clear choice. We spent so much time playing with our glazing and getting our foamy water to work that we sort of neglected our starfish. But, we learned a LOT tonight! Good class!


Color theory 101 (or beached dinghy #3)

What a great class! We focused on the color wheel tonight and really concentrated on carefully mixing colors. It will take practice, but both Peggy and Candace did a great job tonight. Just remember, it only takes a tiny (I said TINY) bit of the blue and red to tint your color. Yellow has less tinting strength, so it takes a bit more. Baby steps, girls. Great job, both of you.


I just realized how you two must have chatted before class and planned what to wear. You match well!


This is the second time that I’ve completely forgotten to take an after class photo! We painted a great little lake scene complete with sailboats. Everyone did a great job getting those mountains to recede and the water to reflect instead of glow from beneath. Luckily, Jim was still in the store when I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo, but I hate that I missed getting the girls in the photo, too. You’ll just have to trust me when I say all the paintings were gorgeous.


Totally tubular


Or at least wickedly wavy. This was a tough one, but when you break it down to its basic forms it’s much easier to deal with. When you take your basic triangular wave shape and apply a good gradient to it, you’re practically done! Keep practicing gradients and getting smooth transitions between colors. It’s a skill that you’ll use in many¬† in future paintings, so it’s worth doing some exercises to just get some very smooth gradients. Blend blend blend! Great Job, everyone!