I attended a 4 week acrylics painting class with three friends back in November. I've attended classes with this instructor a few times and I really enjoy the way he instructs the class. Lots of technique, composition and colour theory, and then the practical part.... create a painting using everything we had learned.
He normally encourages his students to paint whatever they choose, usually from a photo that they had taken themselves, but this time there was a fixed subject matter.
Our mission this time.... our subject was a still life, this bunch of rather faded flowers, plonked into the vase, no flower arranging, just paint whatever you see and interpret it however you like.
Step one, a quick pencil sketch of the basic shapes, and then add in the darks, lights, and the grey shades in between to determine the values. And then choose a complimentary colour scheme using the colours opposite each other on the colour wheel, and do some preliminary colour sketches.
I did four quick paint sketches on 6" x 8" canvases because I just could not visualise how I wanted my painting to look. That's always the hard part for me, getting started and making a decision on the direction of the finished piece.
We worked on our paintings at home and at the instructor's studio, and even though we were all painting the same subject matter, we produced four paintings that were radically different. This is mine.....