This is not a good painting but it eased me in gently, I did not pay enough attention to the composition a lesson I learnt for the following week...
...where I planned the whole thing out before the class and so managed to work more on planes of tone rather than shifting the perspective.
This was my favourite lesson of the first 4 weeks, we were given a grey sheet of paper and we had to fold or scrunch it up before placing it on a coloured background. Of course I had to fold it and made a salt cellar which I then opened up giving me lots of wonderful triangle. I by now have finally started to learn about shadow. It was not until I saw the photograph of this that I realised how successful it is. I would highly recommend photographing a painting as it distances you from the image giving you space to reflect.
My least successful painting, I really struggled to breath new life into Wayne Thiebauds territory. my biggest mistake was to not paint a bright background which would have lifted the shapes a little more.
So here it is my life painting, this one with only 3 colours plus white and a palette knife
This one with 6 colours and a brush. Spot the hideous mistake. Oh the shame of that leg.
Still my colours have garnered praise and as you can see I am in thrall of Lucien Freud who when you try to paint the figure is an absolute genius.
I have 2 weeks left, not sure what I will paint next week but I loved the life classes so much I will now try to find some more locally so I can carry on. Who would have thought that I, who is pattern & shape obsessed could have cracked the mystery of skin?