Where on earth has November gone? I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week with December just around the corner. I've been keeping busy with art classes and Girl Scouts, after volunteering to be the service unit cookie manager this year. Now in addition to my two portfolios and three bags of art supplies I've added six large boxes from Little Brownie Bakers.
And to top things off we have our first planning meeting with Sun Design on Monday. After ten years in this house we're taking the plunge and doing a much needed renovation. I've stripped wallpaper, ripped off panelling, painted, and decorated and we've had two bathrooms redone. But this house is way overdue for a major overhaul. It was built in 1968 and most everything is still original. Not to mention the seal on our freezer is going and we're keeping it closed with duct tape. Sigh... we're going to limp along for a couple of months so we can pick out the right fridge to go with our new kitchen.
My fall classes are finished. Once again I took Lynn Goldstein's pastel class. My last project was this landscape from Hidden Pond, using a watercolor underpainting on UArt paper. It's really close to being finished, but there's still a few areas that I want to work on.
To try something new (and help with my underpaintings), I took watercolor class from Rachel Collins at the Art League. It was a beginner & intermediate class combined, and she was really wonderful to us beginners. She really started us on basics - brush strokes, techniques, hard vs. soft edges, and color mixing. I feel I really have a good understanding of mixing color now.
This was a fun learning exercise in edges, washes, and building up color -
We haven't done a lot of finished paintings, but we did do a number of still lifes towards the end of the session. Here's a couple of pears I did, first on their own and then in the still life.
After taking this class I have a new appreciation for watercolor artists! Speaking of which, if you live in the DC area, the Andrew Wyeth exhibit has about one week left at the National Gallery. I went yesterday to finally see it. I could have easily spent hours looking at his work. And his brush strokes are so very small and detailed - I'd love to know what he used.