Here she paints bitter melon. Notice how she uses a complementary color for the plate? And look at the backgrounds. This features bitter melon leaves and tendrils to complement the food.
Susan does love her complementary colors, doesn't she? Notice the purple shadows and background around the mango, banana fritters and pastry.
Here's the noodle dish from last week. Susan's added a suitably ethnic background... the Great Wall of China. If that isn't the name of the dish, it should be.
Can you tell that Tony's been to the Art Institute? Like many of us, he's seen the Gauguin exhibit and painted this homage to Gauguin.
Greeta painted these tropical-looking lantana blooms....
... using her new set of Mission paints. Here's a swatch card of the nine colors in the set. They are as vibrant as they appear here. But Greeta feels they dry paler and less saturated, although she wants to experiment a little more.
More experimentation. Greeta is using a home-made easel to paint this at a slight angle. This is a scene from Graceland cemetery, reflected in a pond.
This is Greeta's lovely garden at night. The strings of lights, lush foliage and rich colors make this scene magical.
Alan finished his landscape from last week. This is definitely a daytime scene as you can see by the sunshine on the trees and the shadows in the foreground. Still, Alan isn't quite satisfied...
...so he made another attempt. This one uses less realistic colors and textures. He's also made the cabin smaller to draw more attention to the trees.
Sara has added more color to her portrait below, slowly modeling the people. While she's concerned that there is a lot of beige, we're not seeing the problem.
Elaine added the final touches to her painting below, part of her People I Don't Know series. She also successfully fought off critics who wanted her to add a background.
And then, Elaine moved on to architecture. We're not sure if this is an end to the portraiture or if she's merely taking a summer break. Interestingly, like Greeta, this is from a Chicago cemetery, Rosehill.
Madeleine has also finished her painting which hits all our favorite subjects.... stone, brick, texture, portraits and perspective. Here's how to do Ireland without much green paint.
And then, Madeleine goes right back to Dublin to begin a pen and ink cityscape.
Remember how we mentioned using sketches before painting? Here's one from Bill where he explores the shapes of a cityscape as seen from above.
And here is the watercolor painting. Notice that he's changed from portrait orientation in the sketch to landscape in the painting? He's definitely achieved his goal of simplification.
Bill's also done this exploration of line and color.
Bill does another B&W sketch to color painting below.
And remember these sketches. Bill is planning to add color to these, but not by filling in the spaces.
Watch and see what he plans to do.
Maybe he'll even add a layer of mosaic, like Ken has done to his cat's eye. Yes, those are tiny little mosaics, but join us in Fall. Ken assures us the entire painting will be done by then.
Upcoming events and important announcementsSketch Club. Our sketch club is back—and you are invited to join us! Our first sketch club will feature Sara's amazing garden. But mark your calendar—we'll be meeting on Sunday afternoon, not Saturday morning. Here are the details:
- Who: You! This casual meetup is open to anyone with a pencil and paper and an urge to sketch. And this one is even open to non-sketching partners.
- When: Sunday, July 30, 4:00–7:00 pm
- Where: Sara's back yard. 2553 W. Fargo, Chicago (near Touhy and Western)
It's fun, relaxing and casual—join us if you can.
Our class schedule. For those of you who wondered when the next classes begin (perhaps you want to join us?), here's our schedule.
- September 9 — October 21, 2017
- October 28 — December 16, 2017
- January 20 — March 3, 2018
- March 24 — May 12, 2018 (off March 31)
And with that, we say goodbye until our next class begins on September 9. See you then!