In updating my website recently, I realized there were some blog posts that had gotten lost along the way as I’ve changed the look of the site several times. So I decided to spend a few posts updating these cool paintings that I had nearly forgotten about!
I took at 6 week course at Southgate Gallery in Franklin TN under Pat Thompson. She is an excellent teacher in oils and was supremely gifted at helping me see how to make tiny changes in spacing, angles and sizing in the sketch that made a huge difference in the quality of the finished painitng.
So by now 2 weeks of class had gone by and I was really ready to paint! I am normally a simple sketch kind of person, not one to do detailed anything. This process was tedious to me, but I learned a LOT by doing it.
Here is a pic after I got the initial shapes and colors laid in. This is more the style I usually paint – very rough. Had I not been in a class, I may have just called it a day. But this painting was to be held up to a higher standard than others!
Closer to completion. You can see the pitcher on the left is about finished; the other 2 just need a little smoothing.
And just for grins, here is a photo of the actual 3 ceramic pitchers I was painting. Did I mention this was accomplished during the first 6 weeks after my youngest child left the nest for college? What was I thinking?! Perhaps that is why this work was so difficult for me. After all that, this painting is hanging in my house, and is not for sale!