We were set off to do a series of five paintings. I had spent all week prevaricating about what to use as my base information. I settled on a simple photo of the backs of the family looking out to sea. I’d been planning to paint it for a while and it seemed a good image for a exercise – interesting enough, but not too complex with scope for realism or abstraction. I had three 40cm by 30cm canvases so I used those and two pieces of paper. We were told to work in acrylics. I started feeling pretty cross and was still disgruntled at coffee time. nothing seemed to be happening, I felt under time pressure and didn’t feel I wanted to commit to the image. I was cross with the paint which was all wet and the paper was soggy and falling off. However, drawing calmed me – drawing always does – drawing directs my attention, my brain has to focus and then I can lock into what I’m doing.
This is orginal photo above.
- By lunchtime things were looking up and I’d completed these five acrylic pictures. I was feeling quite pleased with them. I enjoy simple realistic pictures in strong colours so maybe I need to stay with that for a while. After lunch we moved on to oil painting. I worked over three of these, then ran out of time. The oil painting added much depth to the work. I forgot to photograph them so they’ll have to wait until next week.