Student Reference Interpretations

The following paintings are Birgit’s lessons on interpreting photos submitted by her students. Each has its own challenges. The summery day with clouds is a good exercise in keeping the whites in the clouds and painting a meadow without painting every blade of grass.

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Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

I hadn’t managed to complete this exercise from Atmospheric Landscapes the first time around.  It looked intimidating and I procrastinated a long time. It was actually the only painting I hadn’t attempted, but since that first course. But Birgit O’Connor continuesto add content to existing courses(which is another good reason to sign up . I… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes- Commonweal Lesson

Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper

I should mention the medium for the previous post since it was an eye-opening experience in itself. I used the Marine Assortment set of Caran D’arch Museum watercolor pencils on Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to use pencil on the smoother Mixed Media paper before. This time I found… Continue reading Materials – Watercolor Pencil and Mixed Media paper

Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

In between completing the Atmospherics Landscapes class, I decided to hand-paint a Father’s Day card.  There’s a fairly good little art store within walking distance of the marina, Good Stuff Arts.  We are even given a coupon for 10% off this local business when we check into Cap Sante marina.  They do carry my favorite Pro… Continue reading Local Resources for a Father’s Day Project

Golden Mist

This painting was deceptively difficult.  The idea was to create a misty landscape and imbue it with a golden glow by a glazing it with Quinacridone Gold.  I had a tough time getting a good balance between soft and hard edges as witnessed by my first attempt.  I got the color stuck in some places… Continue reading Golden Mist

Atmospheric Landscapes

I have been enjoying my second go-round in Birgit O’Connor’s online course, Atmospheric Landscapes.  I’m grateful that Birgit is one of the many successful artists and instructors who has also mastered the technology of online teaching. If you haven’t seen her website, I encourage you to visit.  She offers many different ways for students of… Continue reading Atmospheric Landscapes