I’ve done a lot of work on pastel sketches and oil paintings of the string ensemble. These are the last of the paintings I worked on during the Fall Palette Knife + class. Lots of fun to try to portray the string ensemble in action!
Gosh, I was sorry to have the six week class end. Schedule conflicts prevent me from continuing with the Nov/Dec session, but hopefully the class will be offered again in the new year. It’s wonderful to paint once a week with talented painter friends who are always encouraging and who aren’t afraid to offer suggestions. And of course the teacher of the course is a master coach as well. I did a lot of painting these past six weeks. I continued to paint local interesting buildings; below are photos of paintings of the Landfall Restaurant in Woods Hole and the “big house” at the Waquoit Estuarine Reserve. Painting buildings is wonderful perspective practice and a chance to really see shapes and colors in light and shade.
I’ve also started on some music related paintings; I did two pastel sketches from last spring’s ensemble concert and am now working on palette knife oils of the same scenes. This is a real challenge: getting the shapes of the musical instruments correct isn’t easy, nor is it easy to portray the likenesses of people I know. These paintings are taking a lot longer than the the buildings!!! Maybe because I love the subject matter, I’m putting a lot more effort into the painting!