Sunday, October 26, 2008

Oil Painting From Life Class: Final Painting

My Oil Painting from Life class ended on October 11th; this is my final painting. It was an 8 week class. We painted this pirate pose the last 3 weeks. I used a monochromatic color scheme, so I could focus on drawing and values.

Because I learned so much from this class, I am taking it again. This is the first art class I have repeated. Many adult art courses are as much about entertainment and relaxation as education. This is not a bad thing; it just doesn't match my goals. In contrast, the instructor in this class really helps students to improve their skills. Self-study has its limits; It is invaluable to have an instructor that constructively points out the shortcomings in your work. Also, painting from life forces you to think and paint quickly, which in itself improves skills.


caseytoussaint said...

Very nice work - it sounds like a wonderful class. There's nothing like working from life, is there?

Laurel Neustadter said...

Thanks, Casey. Yes, working from life is addicting!