Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blue Pitcher with pomegranate - oil

I have to admit i find oil painting much more challenging than watercolor or pastel. The hardest part for me is learning to apply the oil. Not too thin not too thick and still thing of the shape and composition! On top of it the class is 3 hours and at every class there is a demo at the beginning. there is usually about 1 hour and 15 min left to paint. Not much, especially if you have no clue, what to do.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oil Painting Class - Blue and yellow - oil

It's been a while for me to post new paintings. I am writing this in February 2013, but want to keep the paintings in a chronological order, so that is why I am posting at the 2012.  I doesn't mean that I am not painting. I just got busy with LIFE. I hope you understand that that happens.

I decided to put most of my artistic energy to oil painting. In fall I started to take classes with wonderful teacher Jim Smyth. He and his wife teach beginning and advanced class together. It is intense, but incredibly inspiring class.

We paint still life. I will post last quarter paintings and guess when they were painted. What is fascinating to me, is the fact, that I was getting frustrated, almost ready to quit oil and stick to watercolor and pastel. But then I decided to look at all my paintings to see if I learned anything and I have to admit I was surprised.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kristina's Lemons - watercolor

This painting was a lot of fun. First of all the setup was a total coincidence. My cousin Kristina was visiting and I wanted to give her some lemons to take home. We grabbed Black and White store's bag and put them in. We both looked at it and said this is a painting :). I took a picture and here we go. I changed the background to more fun color, but the rest is as it was. Nature is the best artist.

Shown at PAL Member Show in July 2013

Italian Landscape - pastel - final

I posted this one before as a work in progress. This is final. I am happy with the warm colors and the curves of the landscape.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Red Dish - oil

New oil class is here. It is still quite a challenge, but I am determined not to let it get to me. Interesting realization is, that drawing skills are still what holds me back. I am thinking that if I will start on my own projects, I will like oil much better. For the start I am somewhat happy with it. I hope I will be getting more into it as I learn. Good thing about the class is that we are forced to work very fast. This was done in little less than two hours.