* The aspect of my past work that I always felt fell short was shading and shadow. My painting work is not very dimensional. I now believe that is because I don't mix colors on a palette I just work straight out of the tube/bottle.
* Even though my work is almost always extremely colorful I work intuitively. Learning more about the color wheel, tinting and shading is helpful with that whole dimensional problem.
* Having said that, I don't really like the mixing colors part of the whole thing.
* In this class I'm learning by doing the assignments rather than by what is taught during class time. Expectations were too high, perhaps? No, don't think that is it.
* In summary, painting a decent painting is really, really, really hard.
Here are my first attempts:
|Here is the original photo on a beautiful, sunny August day on Washington Island, WI. My painting looks like an overcast day on the prairies just below the mountains of Colorado. Close enough, I say.|