I have been dabbling in an on-line art class by Renee Mueller. I love her romantic style and she has a gentle way of teaching as well. The class was called Storytellers and the idea was to tell a story about something in your life using her techniques as guidance.
I was way out of my comfort zone and decided to just try and copy what she had done to learn the techniques before I set off on my own. As you can imagine, there were seriously talented painters in the class but I kept going, being kind to myself because I am just learning. I also had a very limited supply of paints and pastels and as all shops are still closed and buying anything on-line can take weeks to come, I just used what I had.
This is a little charcoal drawing we started with. My first ever charcoal portrait.
Then we did some abstract collages. We learnt to put masking tape around the watercolour paper to protect the edges.
I actually really enjoyed doing these. Looking at what others had done, I realised that I am a bit too heavy handed with the paint though. I need a lighter touch.
Then we had to paint a flower.
Once again, I was too heavy handed, but it was my first time.
The next and last thing to do is to paint a portrait!! I had been procrastinating about doing it and waited for at least a week. Finally, I thought I might as well try.
I absolutely love watching the UK show Portrait and Landscape Artist of the year. I have always been in awe of their talent and now I really respect them.
The upside to this year has been time to dabble in some other areas. My life was always so busy and I didn't have much spare time. Apart from the horrible stress of it all, I have had some time to play around.
I have also realised that I am overrun with quilts, especially now that they are all back from exhibitions. I will only make small quilts from now on.
Mmm, maybe my next series will be portraits, not painted ones but in quilts. I would love to master faces and people. That's an idea!
Bye for now,