It’s taken some time, but some things are starting to click. That’s some things, not everything.
In class we’re doing one-day paintings of a still-life du jour. We have about two-and-a-half to three hours to knock it out from start to finish. Here’s the attempt from class 1:
And here’s the attempt from class 2:
As to homework, we picked the name of an object out of a hat, had to come up with two other objects and make a composition where the picked object was the focal point. I got “glass.”
Ironically, I chose to include a wine glass in my Oil Painting I first homework painting last spring. What goes with a wine glass? Well how about a bottle of wine and a pyramid of oranges? What goes with a regular glass? How about beer and a church-key opener? (That’s probably a little more intuitive than wine and oranges!) Looks like I’m destined to have a liquor and glass period (…sigh…).
This time, instead of painting an empty glass, I emptied the bottle and filled the glass with beer. By the second weekend, I was able to watch a white, cottony mold grow in the bottom of the beer while I worked on the painting. Interesting, but kind of gross.
I still have some finishing touches on the 18” x 24”painting but here’s what it looks like now (I’m not painting the mold!):