July 12, 2014
I titled this blog The Art League. I am trying to decide which class to take there in the Fall. My goal has been to improve my paintings of children, but overall just improving has always been my goal. Here is a link the catalog if you are interested.
The Art League Catalog
When I lived there it was so convenient to take classes from The Art League and there were so many outstanding teachers. One semester I even took three classes. Now that I live about an hour away, it is more difficult to drive to Northern Virginia from Fredericksburg.
I've included notes from some of those classes in past blogs. One blog was about Robert Johnson (if you use the search button you can find that post). I took his workshops because I admired his paintings of flowers so much and have been painting some flowers from my garden lately. Following what I learned from him here is series of photos that loosely show the steps he uses.
Loose placement of flowers and shadows
Worked on front flower, continue to work all over canvas
Decided to use carpet in foreground. The vase looked better in earlier demo, might go back and rework the vase.
By the way Robert Johnson has great demos on his website. http://www.robertjohnsonart.com/Robert_A._Johnson_Art/Demonstrations.html
His book On Becoming a Painter is worth getting, too. You can purchase it from his website. I've almost worn out this book which I got autographed when I took the workshop. I guess I'm a "groupie", at least one who greatly admires this artist's work.