Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Class study #2 - apples and peaches

Here's the second class study from the painting class Sarah and I are taking. Much better than the sunflowers, IMO. I think the teacher was a lot more engaged with the class. We asked more questions -- and also, it was a smaller class, with four of the nine students AWOL. Not sure why they didn't show up; could have been the good weather, frustration with their efforts, who knows. But I think those of us who were there had a good time and felt we were making progress. I feel slightly guilty -- the apples were very hard to paint, and if they were feeling intimidated or frustrated by that, it's partly my fault, since I'm the one who brought them in. But I had my own problems painting them, and didn't expect them to be as difficult as they were (Gala apples, mottled yellow and red). Maybe I should've picked a more solid-color apple. And they could have brought in their own objects to paint, as per the teacher's request, so it's not entirely on my shoulders; I'm the only one who did bring in stuff to paint.

The next class we'll be doing abstract art, which should be interesting since that's the teacher's forte.


Blogger Robin Neudorfer said...

One thing I have learned recently about color is that one needs to find the color note to begin with. If you start drawing, and detailing too soon you will lose the color key, and the notes won't hold together. Try it on your next painting. Break it down to about 4 or 5 color notes, see if that might put you on the right track to success.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

With the teacher right there I'm sure a challanging subject wAs the better choice. Love your oil.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Corbie said...

Thanks for the tip on color, Robin! I'll try that.

5:34 PM  

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