Posts tagged ‘art’

Let’s Draw … Spring

Oil pastels are different.  I watched a bunch of oil pastel speed painting videos on YouTube last night.

I’d prefer to paint if it weren’t for the set up and clean up time.  They’re different, which is why this turned out a little psychedelic.  I don’t know how to do muted colors.  I started to get the hang of it at a few points.

Had to put some elbow into the blending stumps.

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  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.

Trompe L’oeil Class 3 of 9

Yes, I missed the first two.  For some reason.  I really, really, really didn’t feel like going to the class for some reason.  Weird.  Can’t explain why other than that I’ve been in serious lone wolf mode lately.

I am intimidated but it was fun.  I’m still intimidated.  Look at that collage-y thing.  Good grief.  This is going to be rough.


Kind of neat how it works so far.  Tracing paper to trace over the imagery.  Then carbon copy paper under the tracing paper.  Trace over your lines on the tracing paper and the image is transferred to the canvas.  Awesome.


I’m using acrylics for this class.  They’re amazing.  I blocked out the background — it’s going to look like cardboard — and the upper left corner was dry by the time I got to the right hand side.  I’m used to painting wet on wet.  But acrylics allows for layering, which is very important for trompe l’oeil.  It will also allow me to do … something … so I can get the texture.