Posted by: lmcg1 | March 20, 2009

It always seems like magic

necklace

I started working on the final little 4 x 4 inch painting today. Fortunately, I was able to be a sub with Iris Hauser‘s painting group today. This was going to be the most complex of the little paintings, I thought, and I was unsure how to get it started. So I was really happy when I was asked to fill in this afternoon with the group.

I have taken two classes with Iris in the past 2 1/2 years. Although her own paintings are figurative, with surreal elements, she is an excellent teacher and is really totally responsible for getting me off to a good start with oil painting. She teaches through the university extension system, but also has a private group that she works with in a studio setting. This is what I have been invited to be on the sub list for.

Anyway, I wanted to do a painting of my little silver Victorian purse necklace. It is actually about 1 1/4 x 3/4 of an inch in size with tiny marquisite stones and a garnet. This is what I got started today, and I am really happy the way it is going. It has lots of little detail and this is still in the preliminary stages. I am optimistic it will work though.

The thing that really amazes me, and seems like magic nearly every time, it how something emerges from essentially nothing. Just a flat piece of canvas or paper, and I put down spots or patches of colour and all of a sudden there it is. Magic! This little painting really shows the effect to me.

Hopefully I will get it mostly finished tomorrow at the painting group, and that will be all 9 little paintings. Still a few little touches to a couple, but they will be done in the next few days. I’ll put them up when done.

Well, off to clean brushes.


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