My art class has been running online classes through lockdown, one of the projects was to explore our gardens making sketchbook reference pictures with a final piece being a patchwork of our gardens, I made this painting picking Gustav Klimt as my inspiration for style. not sure I will work out how to frame it.
Along with drawing faces I have been painting them, a big thanks to Raw Umber studios for the reference photos and inspiration.
I am using water based oil paints and canvas sheets from a pad ideal for practicing.
No life drawing or art classes in lock-down I have turned to on-line portrait sessions to get my fix, not quite the same as live but still with the time pressures.
these are from a on-line class run by Rawumber studios on a Sunday starting at 2pm.
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After spending so much time last year drawing, this year I am hoping to paint more, with plenty of opportunities in the current situation I have started some basic paintings.
I hope to improve my approach and use of colour, I am using canvas sheets from a pad and water based oils.
Stay safe and paint more.
When I started out trying to paint, I was convinced someone could instruct me, I spent lots of time trawling through the internet and looking at books.
This term at my art class I was set a project to paint a self portrait from a set of instructions, with materials all mapped out, a step by step guide, just what i had been looking for.
Not sure it was that successful just confirming what I now know, painting by numbers is a good way to learn but you need to find your own way.
Found a great weekly life drawing session, run by 2 local artists.
They provide the models and tea and we get 2 hours of life drawing, I had forgotten just how exhausting the concentration is.
Hope to make this a regular thing next year, you can’t beat drawing from life and I need to get better at it.
A bit of a regular thing for me, taking a day out to go to London and see the BP portrait Awards and the Summer Exhibition at the RA. I will post some stuff from that a bit later.
Lots of super hyper realistic paintings in this years Exhibition, you have to admire the technical ability of the artists, but for me you can’t beat a few obvious brush strokes in a portrait.
You cant go agreeing with the judges and this years winner did not get my vote. But what do I know.
my vote went to…
and my other likes
Great exhibition I always come away with great admiration for the artist and some inspiration to keep having a go at this art stuff.