March 2011 - Going smaller - 6 x 8's now. A painting of Mount Kilimanjaro was on the front of a clothing magazine. I could clearly see the brush strokes so it looked perfect for practice. My copy is above.
March 2011 - Went to Arizona to visit my parents. A bobcat kitten had climbed to the top of a saguaro cactus and lounged there for awhile. Then mama bobcat demanded he climb down. I didn't have a photo so I painted this from my parent's backyard and added a bobcat. Doesn't look quite right - I'll try it again when I have the photos.
February 2011 - OK. I'm excited to combine techniques from Jerry's class with techniques from Mary's class . . . and I painted this upside down. Also added a new color to my palette - cerulean blue. Just a touch near the horizon. Making progress.
February 2011 - Haven't painted for a while but recently learned of another opportunity to paint with an artist. I joined a small class with artist Mary Johnston. Her style is completely different from Jerry Points so I have new things to learn. I'll post a photo of "The Barn" painting from Mary's class shortly. (Posted March 2011)
January 2011 - I found this photo of Macedo's painting in a magazine and loved it. I'd like to be able to paint like this. And, since my classes are finished, I needed a new challenge. My sister gave me the idea of painting upside down in order to concentrate more on shapes and less on things. So, I turned Macedo's painting upside down and painted it. The result is in the next post.
January 2011 - Wanted to paint snow so I chose a photo of Ben on the slopes. There's hardly any white in the snow - mostly violets and yellows. Really enjoyed painting this and I like adding people to paintings.
December 2010 - Practicing at home. Painted this bass from a photo of Bob's catch. I really like it; but not being a fisherman, I wasn't so picky about its head being too big and its body too short (Bob's critique . . .)
November 2010 - At our next class, we brought our own photos to paint. This was painted from a photograph of Zach and I at the Indiana State Fair. The photo was supposed to be of people in motion but I didn't have time to take any new photos - so I used this one. It is more of an incomplete portrait painting than secondary people in a landscape - but I like it.
November 2010 - This was so much fun! Jerry Points showed us how to paint people in action from photos. The purpose of this exercise was to show us how to paint people for use in landscape/city scape paintings. My favorite exercise so far.
November 2010 - I went to the library and selected several books on painting landscapes (and seascapes) in oil. I read them all and then attempted to copy one of the paintings as shown above. The original was much better but I'm improving.