Learning to landscape – and a couple of Life Drawings
I’m working hard in this oil painting class. Right now, we’re working on landscapes, which is doubly hard for me, as I have absolutely no sensitivity to landscapes. Put a building in it and I start to get interested…
The first one I did followed Nel’s step-by-step instructions. It was outright war between my left brain, who was trying to be methodical, and my right brain who just wanted to just slap the color down. I threw the first on out and wrote down 10 abridged notes based on the instructions. I stopped following them at about N° 5, but the results were an improvement over the first attempt.
Then I did one on my own, from a photograph. Already, I felt that I’d internalized some of the technique. Nel gave me a few suggestions, and I’m leaving it at that.
I’m still very clumsy – it’s frustrating to learn a new medium! When I look at them I see all kinds of things I should do over, but I think it’s time to move on. These are all done on canvas paper, and I don’t count on hanging on to them. With watercolor, I sometimes just do it over until I’m happy, but oils are a much slower process.
And here are a couple of life drawings – there are more on Flickr. We’ve had some amazing models lately, including one young man who had never modeled before. I guess some people are just so naturally graceful that they automatically pose beautifully. I know I’d be hopeless!