Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pottery with Cup - oil

Last class of the winter session. It is time to evaluate. I feel that I learned a lot. I need to practice as much as possible  I am looking for space to paint. There is several options, either join art co-op, which would probably make most sense, or put a shed in the backyard and paint there. Issues with the shed are electricity, plumbing and being isolated from other artists. Part of the joy of painting comes from belonging to the wonderful community of likeminded people.

Here is my still life.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Woman with red ball - oil

Next section of Ray's class is quick studies of a figure. After landscape, which is rather forgiving, since the mountain can have any shape you want, painting human body is challenge, since the expectation is for the picture to look like a person. We did two paintings in the class and the first one came out better than the second. We had 50 min to paint this!

I am getting ready for my first art show with my two wonderful friends and fellows artists Marianne and Caroline. We will be showing our paintings in Portola Valley frame shop Allegro. I am looking forward to it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The vase was very interesting to paint and I always love fruit. Somehow the vase ended up just looking stiff. I can see now that I needed to add more reflections and interest to the white areas. I have to also pay more attention to highlights. The painting looks dead without highlights. 
Another day, another painting :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Lavender Fields - Oil

I loved this photo, but painting it in oil turned out to be much harder than I expected. The hill just doesn't look right. On the other hand the middle ground I thought came out well, even the tree has depth and I like it. But then there is the lavender! It just doesn't like me and the feelings from my side are the same. I just couldn't get it so I was reworking it and reworking it, but it is still not right. Oh well, one of those days :)