As for the rest of us, we continued to paint people and places. Greeta's charming portrait features an adorable toddler decked out to celebrate the Fourth of July. We love the point of view here, with the tiny subject looking up at us.
And from there, Greeta's moved on to a painting of her grandson, the track star. We're anxious to see how this turns out; we can already sense the motion.
Elaine is close to finishing her painting. She thinks this really needs a background, so tune in next week to see what she decides.
Steve painted two more small life studies... all in one class! We show them as a diptych as that's how he intends to display them. Two colors and one class period resulted in a whole lot of 3D modeling.
Susan finished her painting. You'll have to zoom in to see this painted memory. We see the train looming large, along with an overhead view of the train winding through the countryside. The entire painting is framed by portraits of the eight couples who shared this two-day adventure.
Isa is painting places. Today, she painted the background for a previously painted rose. After a lot of testing, she went with this seemingly neutral background. But look closely—it's full of color and movement. Just beautiful!
Alan is also using color beautifully. Here, he paints an old (imaginary) barn, nestled in foliage.
Alan's added the finishing touches to this painting of a real dock (now replaced with a newer one).
Here's an experiment that worked well. Alan built a stretcher frame and wrapped it with a painting he wasn't completely enamored of. It's been transformed into a piece of sculpture and improved the focus. Success!
Another experiment. Alan painted a golf course, using the mat he plans to frame it. While painting, he used the mat as a "sacrifice sheet" to test colors and brush strokes. It works!
Speaking of experiments, Emily got a new assignment and we love the result. The homework was to take a small clipping from a magazine and continue the picture with paints. Emily's done such an amazing job, we were hard pressed to tell where the magazine ended and the painting began in person. Here, the glossy finish makes it apparent, but in real life, no such distinction existed.
In class, Emily went out to find a leaf for the next exercise—the three-way fruit/vegetable/leaf. She was gone nearly 45 minutes, looking for the perfect leaf. Despite the shortened time, she managed these three lovely takes on the leaf. Here's wet-in-wet.....
...and a mixture of the two. All three are beautiful!
Andrea is our other new student, working on her color wheel. She's off to a great start with this initial color wheel. She's mixed the colors from just three... and we love the way she's created this Aztec looking abstract.
Moving on to the "big" color wheel with tints, tones, hues and shades, Andrea has only gotten three colors in, but already this has the feel of a faceted jewel.
For those of you interested in Pat's "song title challenge," we're showing Alan and Isa's sketches. We're not adding comments and we may have missed some people who also did the assignment, but we knew you'd want to see these. First, Alan....
...And then, Isa....
Finally, as promised, here's an announcement of Ken's Ten Cat exhibit and an invitation to his opening reception:
3931 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL
Exhibition: September 30–November 15
Reception: September 30, 3:30-7:00pm