Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - Life Class

We have a new addition to the family and I have a new studio companion. So now I have Grandpa duties and dog duty.... wait that doesn't sound right.
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Only Twenty Minutes
oil on canvas board

I started going to life drawing class again. I stopped back in July while I was getting ready for my show. It feels good to be back at it. There are about 3 to 5 of us that meet each week and paint or draw from life for 2 hours.

We usually start with 1 minute warm-up sketches then build up to 20 minute sketches. Painting these in just twenty minutes is a real challenge but the best way to build your spontaneous painting muscles. Because the time is so short I only use one brush a number 8 flat. It is great practice and sometimes I even like the results.


James said...

ROTFL. I love your sense of humor, Peter.

Our dog "does his duty" where we don't want it. Years ago we had our shelties trained to use a small pee gravel (sic) area; not any more... Dogs are best with constant training work, imho. We usually work them trough "companion dog" at least.

René PleinAir said...

besides the dog, ....

I keep coming back to see what and how you painted this, .... unbelievable, stunning.

Anonymous said...

How is it that you ended up baby sitting and dog sitting while painting? Just painting isn't challenging enough eh?

I just started a tonal figure drawing class and was amazed how difficult it seemed to me compared with painting the figure. It was as though I had never drawn before.