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First half of Oil Painting Course

The first lesson started off with a Burnt Sienna and white painting of boxes. I went into more detail in a previous post here: http://www.diysarah.com/?p=60

The second lesson was a reverse painting where we put down burnt sienna and then pulled it off to make the highlights. Clearly, these were both exercises. The bags and that white bottle were the difficult ones. I’m quite proud of the paper bag though. The corner was crinkled in which I wasn’t really able to capture but the side seems to convey what’s going on pretty well. The white box is a little off and the background is blah but I’m getting the hang of things.

The third lesson was our first foray into color. We painted with a limited palate but again, more boxes, that stupid bottle, and some difficult red cloth. The yellow box is messed up. It is not right. I ended up doing alright on the fabric though. It also looks like I forgot to put a shadow on the white bottle. Oops. The background is streaky again but that fabric looks like it is coming off the box and wrinkling on the table which is exactly what it was doing. The shadows on the ball aren’t quite there either.

Yay Color in the 4th lesson. My drawing is actually worse than usual in this one. I think I got too excited about coloring in and I didn’t quite get the drawing right. That orange is floating weird. Shadowing on white is really hard. Everything gets streaky in a hurry. That blue box does not look good. The pitcher isn’t bad but it needs some highlights that I didn’t ever add. I think that is the real thing, we focused really only on adding lowlights and not highlights.

The 5th lesson is one of a 2-part-er. We blended everything with brown and made it all kinda blah. We are going to let it dry and go back and paint over it so don’t judge too harshly yet. There is a metal bowl in the still life. That is that weird grey blob with colors in it. The instructor promises it will get better.

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