Last week in watercolor class we worked on letting our imagination run wild. Our still life set up was not the colors in this pic but it was fun just letting it go in the direction it wanted to go. This week we are moving on to some bright colors with spring flowers, with a more traditional twist. We will paint without drawing and see what we come up with.
This little painting was one our projects in the watercolor classes I am now teaching. I used a sharpe marker to outline the drawing, then painted it in with watercolor. Next, I used a painting I had done as a demo on clouds, which I placed behind the transparent vellum. It was a fun experiment for the class in using their brush control when painting on this type of paper. The work from all the students was very impressive. It was nice to see how each student had their own style of using this technique. When this was laying around in my studio, my grand daughter, Audrey brought it to me and said she really liked it. She asked if she could have it. I told her I had to frame it first. I put in in a frame and now it is hers for her bedroom.
Today in painting class. I have decided to start a series of portraits. This one is a start. This is my grand daughter, Maggie. I have some adjusting on the structure. I wanted to post my journey from beginning to the finished painting. I hope to capture her personality. Here is the photo I am working from.
These are some of my students from watercolor class. All very talented artists. This week we worked on a landscape painting. The students brought photos from home and we talked about composing. I did a demo on painting clouds and sky. Most finished their painting and the rest couldn't wait to finish up at home. They also brought in their painted leaves from last week and most painted more at home with some exciting results. Doug who has experience with pottery and glazes come up with an interesting idea. He painted his leave and rather than wait for it to bloom, he placed it in a warm oven which generated some really nice spider webbing effects. Who would have thought! Next weeks subject will be a still life. In two weeks we will be having a student show at the YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio. Come check out the beautiful work the class has done.
This little painting is my attempt to paint like Kevin Macpherson. Very painterly with broad brush strokes. Up close very abstract and step back it looks almost real. I painted this one in about 30 minutes once I got set up. It is a place in Milford, Ohio. My last paint out with a Group of Ohio Plein Air Painters.
This Weekend is the Lebanon Festival of Arts. I am hosting the hospitality room for the artists who have booths in the festival. In addition there is a student art show. The show opening is tonight. During the Student show, I will be offering weekly classes in, Beginning Watercolor for Adults. The classes start in July and will be on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The location for the classes are at 182 Heffron Circle, Maineville, Ohio 45039. If interested, please contact Elaine for a list of supplies. The cost for the classes is $10.00 per session.
Time to start a new chapter in Ohio. Currently looking for a studio space in the Maineville area. For now, I will be working from home. I love the new home with it's open floor plan. There is lots of light to work in. I have already contacted the local Warren County Arts Council and look forward to getting to know the local artists.