Oil painting class
After having worked with pastels, on and off, for some 20 years, I decided to learn to paint in oil. I reviewed many artists online and found one, Mark Carder, whose work I like a lot, and who gave private lessons.
The photo's were taken with an old cell phone and are rather poor, but give and idea.
Still life setup.
Learned how to build a still life box and tableau. Lamps, light intensity and color temperature. How to photograph. Settings etc.
Adjustments and cropping in PhotoShop. Printing and lamination.
Ready to draw and paint
Copy photo onto pre-stained canvas, using the 2 "golden lines" and a graphic compas or proportional divider.
Learn how to mix any color from the above limited palette. Background color of glass palette is same as canvas.
Choose color groups, then mix and make small incremental color and value changes.
This is how far I got after 5 days. I left the painting there to dry and a month later it was shipped to me.
I learned a lot, but the most important thing I learned was to look and relook at VALUES and subtlety of the colors compared to what you are painting.
After I came back I did not paint in oil for a year. Somehow I could not bring myself to start again. I had all the necessities, but thought oil too difficult. Can't teach an old dog new tricks.
However, I liked my still life setup so much that I decided to go back to pastel and paint the still life in pastel from the photo I took at the workshop.
Now back to oil
Encouraged by the pastel result, I finally went back to my oil painting and decided to "polish" it up and finish it.
I first did the easy background and then "polished" the silverware.
Then the blue flowers on the pot.
Finished. I had it framed in a silver color, wooden frame.