Painting again

This Monday I finally got to get back to painting. The cold that I got in Vancouver set me back several days, so it wasn't until this week that I was able to begin again. Monday is the day I paint with the Artists' Workshop group now. I am just in the process of setting up a website for this group, so it is fairly basic at the moment.

Anyway, on Monday I was determined to begin practicing some of the ways of painting that I had learned about at the Alvaro workshop.  One of those things was to practice making people in the landscape. Alvaro showed us how to pull people out of just a dark squiggle. So that is what I did - made lots of dark squiggles and then proceeded to turn them into people. I still plan to practice doing it a lot more. These were my most successful people so far. Doing the legs was the hardest part! One important thing that I learned was to hold the brush at the end, not down by the ferule, which is what I have been doing. Alvaro's method of painting is big strokes, lots of paint and you just can't do it by holding the brush tightly. To get the legs to work, you have to use your whole arm in one big motion. Something I have to work on more.

I tried a couple of quick landscapes from photos I took in Vancouver. They are strictly learning pieces and not for public consumption. Again, lots to practice.

Here is a painting I have just finished.

Not the best photo because the light right now isn't great. It has too much reflection on it. This is a piece I started back in the spring, and I have worked on it off and on over the summer. I was not sure how to work on the foliage. From the workshop, using the brush loosely, with lots of colour, was how I went at it, and I am quite happy with the way it turned out. So what I learned transferred to oil painting as well. I might still have to work on the darks a bit more, but it is nearly there. When the weather cooperates, I will get a better photo. I actually have someone who might be interested in the painting. It will go into our Escape Artists' 'Art by the Hearth' show otherwise, in December. 

Now I feel like painting! Most of the house stuff is done. Next weekend, I will be taking the multimedia workshop, for two weekends running. I have lots of things to get together for that, so that will be next weeks undertaking. I am glad that I already have metal leaf. It should be lots of fun.

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