Oil Painting Class - Week 5 added Mar 13th - Wales for Six Nations!
I decided the only way I was seriously going to learn about oils was to go to class. So I signed up for 12 Friday afternoons at The Arts Ed Alliance on the Lower East Side of NYC.
I have probably only used oil once or twice before and really had no clue about how to use the medium. This is my first attempt in class. We had a brief intro regarding mixing the paints, and creating a tonal range on the palette and then were launched into 2 hours painting the selection of jars etc set-up as a still life using only white and black.
This is my result. It took me far too long to get enough paint on the canvas to actually start getting a consistency I could work with but I am pretty pleased with my first two hours.
Thought I would start to show how my work develops over the next couple of months.
(Is there a better way to post images on the site than this?)
Week 5 - 2 weeks and all colours
Well we got to be real painters and were allowed 2 blues, 2 reds, 2 yellows and white. Then we were pretty much left to it over a period of 2 weeks.
Whilst painting I felt that I wasn't really demonstrating any real progression over the final weeks - I felt this was a poorer painting than previous weeks.
It was pointed out though that this time I was making colour mixing choices and was able to put all the previous weeks into practice. It was this thinking though that again slowed me down as I spent periods of ten minutes or so trying to choose the 'right' combinations to mix etc.
I think my biggest fault at the moment s not stepping back from the painting - I get so engrossed and so concerned about our limited time that I just want to keep working on it. The result can be that the result, like here, looks flat and I miss drawing mistakes.
I think this is a pretty interesting image though, vibrant colour and I almost prefer the detail to the whole.
The next class is another 2 week in the same style.....