Trompe L’oeil Class 5 of 9

Coming along.  Slowly.  I’m surprising myself.

The instructor is Patrick Kirwin.  Kyrwin?

These classes are great.  3+ hours devoted just to painting in a room full of other people with the same interest and a great instructor giving you tips and techniques along the way.   There’s a family in the class.  Mother, father and daughter.  Indian.  I think that is so cool.  It would be great to take a class with a friend.  Maybe going outside into DC or a park and painting some landscapes.

Check out judsonsart.com.  So many options for portable painting.  But it will cost you.  I just got a fancy but cheap case and a special case for transporting wet paintings.  That was expensive enough.  But if you get one of those fancy French portable things with all the accessories and backpack and tripod.  You could easily spend, like, $700.

It’s kind of funny because the instructor is hands on.  When he has something to show you he’ll pick up a brush or razor or masking tape and show you on your painting.  That’s a good lesson.  To have someone else get hands on with your “masterpiece”.

It puts things in perspective.  If you look at the source material in one of the earlier blogs you’ll see that the newspaper parts — I painted them with way too much contrast.  The colors are too lively.

But Patrick showed me how to do a glaze.  I’m really digging the acrylics.  Even though they dry on the palette way too quickly for me.  Quick drying with the help of Leika’s old hair dryer really speeds things up.  I’ll figure it out eventually.  But a newspaper colored glaze will really push the liveliness down to that of old newspaper.  Neat.

I have to work on this at home a lot more.  And I’m looking forward to it.

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