Sunday, June 15, 2008

First Acrylic Painting Class

So I had my first acrylic Painting class Saturday morning at the local art store with David Lobenberg (check out his work on http://www.davidlobenberg.com/)...

I have to say that I was a little intimidated when I walked into the class and everyone was comfy cosy with their well-worn supplies... their stay-wet pallets were covered with paints and such from previous projects, whereas mine was perfectly white (because I bought mine that day along with everything else on the supplies list)... I asked the woman sitting next to me if she had painted before, of course she had, and when the teacher was giving a little intro into the wonderful world of acrylic paint (complete with industry lingo) everyone else seemed to follow right along, except of course for me...

I spoke to David a couple weeks before the class to make sure that I didn't need any previous experience to follow along in the class, and he assured me that I didn't... my previous paint experience only included touching up little details here and there on my scrapbook pages and using it with my foam stamps... needless to say I was a little terrified when he set a still-life picture of an apple and lime in front of us... OH MY GOD!!! There's no freakin' way I was going to be able to do this... I was certain that my final piece would be the worst in the class...

I decided to just take it one step at a time and tried not to look at every one's perfect paintings... Well, when I was done with the apple I set it on a nearby easel to rest my eyes a little and stepped back to view my work... i was pleasantly surprised when one of the women came up to me and said, "Your apple is beautiful"... well, if the experienced painter thought my apple was beautiful, who was I to argue... anyway, here is the finished product (with he reference photo on the right)... I guess I have no reason to be scared of still-life paintings anymore...

I'm thinking about making a frame out of lattice wood pieces, a little tip from miss Claudine Hellmuth, and I can't decide which color to paint it... I've narrowed the choices down to classic black or yellow... whatcha think?



4 comments:

Jessarella said...

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Anonymous said...

This is the best piece of art work I've ever seen you must be published! Can't wait to see more of your work! My Baby...

Anonymous said...

hello lady

Anonymous said...

Jess,

Madre & I love your painting. La madre (o artista, whichever you prefer) says classic black (or white if you haven't framed it already)is the best way to show your work as a "true" artist that you are. It brings out the best in all paintings rather than distract from them. Got that? I'm typing what she says. Color is strictly for interior decorating not for framing fine art.

We love ya,

Celina & "Momma Mati"

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