It has been a difficult road but finally I remembered to bring my camera and to take some images of my student’s work.
Aravind has no prior training. He is almost finished this one – I have suggested he think about shadows and in a radiating pattern on the ground, to draw the viewer into the painting. He is learning to mix colour and to handle the palette knife. Molly is also a beginner.
Shirley is a student who has been in my realism classes. The Palette Knife is also new to her. She brought in this painting of an Irish village that was unfinished. I encouraged her to explore the knife on the rocks and the foreground.
Lei started the class with a clear denial of the abstract. Her first effort was described by her boyfriend as ‘pizza’. Not discouraged she has soldiered on to create this painting, from an inspiration piece. The class and I think her version is better. I always want the student to make the ‘copy’ their own. She already has another idea waiting for next week.
Marie-Andree has some painting background and is very inventive. Unfortunately I didn’t photograph the 2nd image after she had reworked it. We have made it less uniform in its values and colours. Maybe next week I will be able to show her work in a better light.
All sorts of mishaps have kept my students away – jury duty, illness, wrong night, working late for the boss – but they are a cheerful bunch.