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A Study on Trees

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 Deciding to stick with my tree practice, I grabbed the small canvas from week 5, the small canvas from the week after the final course, the tree painting from last week, a blank canvas, and the acrylic book, and went to work. Top left: My attempt to recreate the first painting. Decided to add a hill and path instead of the field to show depth. This week, I tried adding five trees on it, but that didn't work well. The issue was my brush. Despite my lightest touch with my smallest brush, the trunk for the closest tree was entirely too thick, and the other trees weren't that much better. I attempted to fix them with making them longer and changing the third three into being the branch of the next tree. I'd say mixed results there. The leaves aren't bad. I just need smaller brushes or bigger canvases. Top right: Not done yet, actually. I had to leave before I had the time to put highlights on, so it only has two colors on it. I'm also not liking the shape - too much o

Continuation of painting

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Back to the studio! I learned that there is another instructor at the art center who paints acrylics and teaches basic acrylic painting. Her supply list was much longer, very specific, and she included her email in case anyone had questions. I found her business page on Facebook, because she also hosts "wine and paint" type classes as well as paints live at breweries/coffee houses for silent auctions. I asked her if she will be doing classes at the art center again, and she confirmed that she will in January. I recall that her previous class was filled at least two months before the start, so I had better keep an eye out for when winter courses start! I decided to buy a book about Acrylic painting techniques so I could continue painting between now and the start of winter classes. The book I bought is a little more difficult than I had anticipated. My painting of water wasn't great, but I was able to learn how to paint a tree fairly well. Goal: Attempt: I didn't reali

All the Paintings

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 Collection of Paintings throughout the 6 week class: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 The final set, with proper photography of the paintings: Continuation of Painting

Painting, Week 6

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 It's the last class. I feel like my flower and tree painting is finished, because I don't know how to fix it. I don't really want to add to my small canvas, because I like it as it is. So, I decided to take my blending exercise paintings and practice painting palm tree silhouettes on them. I brought the other finished paintings with me in case the instructor wanted pictures of the final pieces. Spoiler alert: He did not. I went to work, painting palm trees, starting with my least favorite blending painting to my most favorite, in the expectation that I would get better as I progressed. I would paint a few trees, then set the canvas aside to dry while I worked on the next canvas, noting what I wanted to do better, either pressure on the canvas, or thinness of brush strokes, or the multiple ways to paint palm fronds. The instructor was confused when he got to my station. "I've heard of people painting a triptych but a five... tych?" I responded, "I'm j

Painting, Week 5, Open Studio

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 I am determined to practice. I decide to focus on blends and sun rays. The blending exercise goes well, as I continue to practice each subsequent canvas. Looking good, especially the last one! Ok, onto the sun rays. Well, that was an incredible failure. I ended up attempting 12 suns, painting over the first four, lightly, and all of them just stunk. I tried two different techniques and hated them all. Although, the very top right isn't horrid, I would just need better and lighter spikes. Hopefully as I continue to use the membership, I'll get better. Week 6

Painting, Week 5

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I didn't want to forget things I had learned already, like how to blend colors and use the fan brush and how to paint clouds, so I grabbed a small set of canvases to practice on, and started on one. The sky at the horizon reminded me of mountains, so I just leaned into it and actually painted mountains in the distance. I attempted another go at making the sun not look like the moon, but I failed. Maybe it's a level 2 skill and I'm still at level 1. Everything else, I think I like. The mountains are a little messy, but this is just a practice canvas, and I'm only attempting to learn... pretty much by myself.  The instructor brings his long cow painting back, wanders around, and talks about his dagger striper brush again. He notices that I've brought a small canvas and notes that I must be painting from memory since I am not referencing the original painting. He says to the class that we need to be finishing up our paintings as there is one more class to go. I have no

Painting, Week 4

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  I got a small straight edge brush and watched a few YouTube videos in an attempt to do better flowers. While they are better, I couldn't be consistent enough to make it look like the flowers were receding into the field. Instead, it just looks like a weird wall of flowers. I fixed the tree trunk back to what I wanted, and attempted sun rays (which failed again) and a different way to show sunlight diffusion (which also failed.) Ah well, I don't quite know what to do, and I don't know how to fix it. The instructor noted that my flowers were better, and brought a painting about a cow that a farmer friend of his pointed out was too long. He was going to work on making the cow more realistic while everyone worked on their paintings. He spent most of the time talking about going to the sunflower field at Dorthea Dix Park, and how he likes his dagger striper brush. I buy an annual membership to the studio so I can go back on the weekends and practice more. Week 5