I've really been enjoying my art classes and I hope my Facebook friends have enjoyed seeing my classwork. For those not on Facebook, I thought I'd put some of my work here for you to see. I'm very open to constructive criticism since I'm just learning so feel free to tell me what you think and why. Here are some samples:
This was an exercise in shadow. Not real happy with it but it was one of my first watercolors.
This was done by wetting the paper and pouring color on, then letting them run in a controlled fashion. Final details like eyes were added with a brush.
This watercolor was just to learn how to properly apply a smooth wash. I didn't do a good job here - there are streaks within the colors but this is how we learn.
This is an exercise in painting pattern - it's from the same book as the circles. I had fun doing it and it looks much better in person - you can see much more detail than the photograph shows. It was suggested to me to make notes cards from this. I may take a section and do that. I wasn't happy with upper right corner so I'll leave that out.
This was my last pastel class for the year.
It was taken from a photograph on an old calendar I had and gave to the instructor. He assigned different butterfly pictures to each student.
This also was an exercise in free expression. We wet the paper, poured on three colors of paint and let the paint do it's thing. We could not use brushes but could use our fingers. Mine was actually turned upside down (purple flower was at the bottom). When I started turning the paper around I was able to see a flower but the yellow center was not attached. Then I saw where a vase could be so I drew that with my pinky. I kind of like this even though it's weird.
Ready for a fight - Pastel
This pastel piece is one of the ones currently in an exhibition at the center where I take lessons. When I get it back it's going to my friend Barbara in Tampa. Her husband's nickname is Rooster.
This is my latest watercolor and I'm sorry that the photograph isn't better because the color is great in this. It was a study in elongated form and I was happy with the way the vase came out - less happy with the flower but then, flowers are not really my thing.
Well that's it for now - hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I've been up to. You can see more of my work in some earlier posts and even more on Facebook. TTFN