|A Silver Bowl 8x10 O/L|
Most of you know that I study with David Gallup. I love going to class. Every Monday is a surprise. Oh, there is a rhythm to the classes. We start out with critiques. We discuss and analyze a variety of artwork by historic and contemporary artists. We paint. We watch David paint and listen to him explain color, brushwork, edges, values and all of the things we need to work on. Lately everyone is discussing "Who is the "best" living artist? And WHY?"... (Yeah, I know... an impossible conundrum.... but who would YOU choose .... and why? It certainly has opened up our eyes to lots and lots of wonderful artists' work!)
|My Two Hour Figure Study|
Sometimes we have a model. When we have a model, sometimes we have 10-15 minutes poses to paint... looking a patterns of light. Sometimes we paint the model for 2 hours / sometimes for more.
|Just do that|
Each time when David explains something he demos on the palette. More often than not, while our heads are still spinning, he says, "Just do that," with a bit of a smile on his face.
On another note...
I finally decided throw out old paintings that aren't up to my current standards. (My "spare" room is groaning with stacks and stacks of paintings that I hadn't been able to toss.) I was just about ready to toss them in the trash when I decided to try just painting over them. I purchased some oil-based ground or gesso coat and took about 8 of my old paintings and painted right over them. The ground is very thick and difficult to use, but not too bad. I didn't sand, thinking that the texture might be interesting. This silver bowl painting was painted over one of my old paintings. The surface was really nice and accepted the paint very well so I will do this some more. YAY!!! Economy AND something new to explore.