Earlier this summer I completed the final project for my beginner oils class. I chose to paint three onions. I struggled with it and the shadows are a little dark, but I think it turned out fairly well overall for my third oil painting.
My landscape oil painting class this semester has been so much fun. I have the same teacher and many of the same classmates as the beginner oil painting class I took in the spring. We are working on smaller canvases and striving to get down the bones of the painting, establishing value and shape, since we don’t have time to do much more in a three hour session.
I missed the first class last Saturday, because the program co-ordinator accidentally told me the wrong time, but my teacher graciously met with me on Monday for a make-up class so I wouldn’t be behind today. We met at Hammonasset State Park and painted the salt marsh this morning. We drew thumbnail sketches to come up with a composition we liked, then we started our paintings. I got distracted by the little blue herons, white egrets, and monarch butterflies flying by, but I still managed to get a first pass done on my landscape painting.
Jan told us in the beginners class how she hoped she could convert all of us into being plein air painters. I told her it wouldn’t take much to get me into it. I love Nature and painting. What could be better that putting the two together?