January in Alberta is the perfect time to hunker down and create art. I have been trying to fit in a couple of hours here and there and I find my mood is so much better after I do!
I have done a few acrylic paintings of common fruits. They are relatively quick to do which is good when you don’t have a lot of time.
I have also purchased several art courses and am working my way through them. One of them is on jeanneoliver.com called Studying under Berthe Morisot. Using her impressionist paintings as a reference, you try to recreate them with a variety of mediums. This is a value study using oils.
And the following two use oils and watercolor for the same scene.
I have also joined a year long course called Wanderlust 2021. The course is about art journaling and a new lesson is available every Friday. I am surprised how much I look forward to each of these lessons! Here are my two favorite spreads for January.
I am trying my hand at portrait painting as well. This is my first completed work of my grandson. I find that painting anyone that other people know is a bit of a challenge! But, in the end, I am pleased with this first try.
And once in awhile I do a colour chart. This one is on linen and I think it would look so pretty framed or displayed somehow. A colour chart uses two paint colours and combines them with each other and with white to experiment with all the different shades you can produce. They are fun to do and it is weirdly exciting to pull the paint tape off to reveal each neat little square.
I have several other courses ready to go. The next one is about painting nests and feathers and eggs. I think I may have a go on that one today for a little bit!
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