Another beautiful day! Warm and sunny, with the crisp, clear autumn light that makes you want to pick up a paintbrush and memorialize the beautiful colors all around. And that's just what we did... except for John, who chose colored pencils to add even more layers of color and story to his drawing. So, it's the same effect, just a different medium. Look and explore.
Abla, too, turned to drawing. But she chose a pencil and eraser to produce this lovely monochromatic drawing.
Lest you wonder if we've all lost our autumn mojo, rest assured we haven't. Here Abla finishes her majestic landscape. Look closely at the camel and people she's included to indicate scale.
Mohammed's landscape is just as vast and deep, but totally different in feel. The ice floes add to the icy feeling, while the pattern complements the mountain walls and draws us beyond.
Elaine is painting large, too. And while her subject is man-made, not natural, it's equally majestic.
Hector also uses limited colors, but returns to nature for his subject matter. Below he abstracts a tree trunk, capturing the very essence of the bark in a painting that feels distinctly Australian.
Speaking of abstract art, where is Ken? Well, you'll have to come back next week. He had to leave early... before we could get a picture of his painting. Unlike Susan. Susan had to miss class today, but she got up early to paint this plein air view of a street performance in Andersonville. Then, she dropped by to share with us before going about the rest of her day. Now, that's dedication!
Our new students are giving Susan some serious competition in the "fast and prolific" category. Here, Madeleine paints three paintings of a Honeycrisp apple in one session, along with a colorful shadow. (Her model, by the way, was the star of the class.)
Bill, too, does three paintings of the same subject in three different styles (wet, dry, and a mixture)—all in one class. His shadow painting demonstrates his mastery of the use of complementary colors.
Oscar, too, is speeding through the exercises, color matching some difficult colors...
...finishing his color wheel, and fine-tuning his marinescape with a soft blanket of mist. These newbies are not just fast—they are good!
But here's one old master with nothing to worry about. Sara's painting invites you into her world. You don't know what to do first—admire the jewel-like mingled colors or relax and bask in the gentle glow.
Here's another color wheel painting that keeps you engrossed for a long time. Vivian added a gentle background to this perfect combination of realism and fantasy.
And if there's a cat, can a bird be far away? Here's the hummingbird from last week, transformed. Ellen is perhaps our most fearless painter. As you can see below, she's never afraid to add bold, saturated color. Here, it's a perfect complement to the beautifully transparent layered petals.
There was no artist of the day today! Our library table was empty, so we had to draw inspiration from each other—but, as you can see, it wasn't hard.
Reminder—next month is Art Month in Chicago. If previous years are any indication, there will be a plethora of gallery openings, exhibits, public art, and studio open houses. Block out some time for art and see you next week!