Painting II is more self-driven than Painting I (which I took last year), and of course the second day of class I had nothing prepared to paint. So, I figured I'd warm up on one of the still lifes my teacher had set up for the Painting I class. I figured I'd be done in a week or two and have something figured out to work on after that.
Well, week after week I've worked on it, and finally last week I decided I was done. This, after my teacher had fewer and fewer constructive comments to make on it (all of which were very valid and which convinced me to continue working on it, after I was ready to be done 2 weeks ago!). So, here it is:
The glass bottle was the hardest part. Every time I thought I had a handle on it, I'd lose it again. So that took much longer than anticipated. Also, the drapery in the background was a pain, and just wasn't clicking for some reason. And, once all that was done, my teacher had some critique for the cup in the front, which does read better now. The picture was taken in the studio, so it's not the best quality, but it was still wet and I didn't feel like taking it home to dry! I'll see if I can get a better one once I've brought it home.
My next painting project is (hopefully - my teacher has to approve it first) my interpretation of a time lapse photo my friend Mark took (and yes, he approves of me attempting to paint it!). This would be on a very large canvas (24"x30") and I'd like to stretch my painting techniques to try a looser style, with larger brush strokes and more impressionistic. This would be a very challenging piece, but I think the result could be fantastic.
I also realized that I never posted the last painting I did in my landscape painting class this summer. This one was at a park, so I was not feeling very inspired, but looking at it now, it's becoming one of my favorites. Andrew likes it a lot, so it may actually get signed and framed to put on the wall. We'll see!
As always, I'm happy to read comments and suggestions!