Sunday, 30 November 2014

Art Class

I've blogged quite a bit about how busy I've been this last term but I haven't once mentioned my bit of relaxation; my art class. I'm not an artist but I love going to the weekly art class in town. It means two hours of being totally absorbed in something that has nothing to do with the realities of life. 

This term we've been trying out different techniques using acrylic paints. Dry brush was ok but my brush kept getting so dry that it wouldn't produce any marks at all and when I wet it just I ended up with huge splodges and a spoilt painting. Glazing was interesting but it involved painting lots of thin layers of paint and waiting for each one to dry which taxed my patience to the limit. My favourite technique so far has been using a palette knife. It's a bit like producing a roughly iced cake. The best part about it is being able to smear extra layers on top of each other if you make a mistake.

The following is the painting that I completed this week. I used acrylic paints, palette knife and a fine brush for the small details. I must stress again that I am not an artist. I'm very much a learner and this was painted in the easiest way possible, i.e. by copying a real artist's picture. This is much simpler than painting real life because someone else has converted the subject into a 2D image. 


I've tried to find who painted the original picture. I think it is by Leonid Afremov. I can't find the exact one on Google but there's a similar picture called Fall Love, which translated into UK is Autumn Love. The name has a sad ring to it. I shall call my version Forever Springtime.



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  1. Actually I think it is very good and I love the colours too. What a lovely thing to be able to do.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It was a lovely picture to copy.

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  2. One day, I'd live to go back to theater.

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  3. Ros, you are multi-talented! But I know what you mean about needing something that fills your head-space - it's why I sing. If I don't concentrate I'm the plonker who belts out the quiet bit!

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    1. I only sang in a choir once and it was terrifying and exhausting! I admire you doing that.

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  4. Great colors for this time of the year. I have started in a crochet group and I don't know what I'm doing, but I am enjoying it and I think that's the most important thing about it.

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    1. I did a crochet course last year. It's great fun. Enjoy!

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  5. Is there no end to your talent? Love the Autumn colours and hope you get lots of enjoyment from your art.

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  6. What a great picture...well done Ros! I was always rubbish at art at school...would like to be able to try again....perhaps when I retire?

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    1. I have NOT retired, Bridget, as you well know!!!! Although I'd rather like to.

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  7. Amazing picture, Ros! How rewarding to produce something like that. I take my hat off to you.

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  8. don't disparage yourself. Art comes from the heart, and you have plenty of that. Lovely painting, colors, and feeling. Thanks for sharing your work. And enjoy the time spent creating. Very nice

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    1. I love that thought, Joanne. It does come from the heart, doesn't it :-)

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  9. Hi Ros .. love that you've managed to take time out from all your projects to do something for you - that's great and you've obviously learnt fun things along the way .. congratulations .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary, it has proved more therapeutic than I expected.

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  10. I'd be proud of that. Don't be so hard on yourself!

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    1. *whispers* I have o admit I am rather proud of it, Ann.

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