I kept thinking "well it is only this month, just one more..." I am now counting the cost as it has come on top of Kitty's wardrobe revamp and Daisy's continual hand out. Next month, I keep saying that though and somehow it never happens. Plus I have a holiday to pay for, oh once again I feel a financial meltdown coming on...with no one to blame but myself.
So this was the penultimate painting, we had a new teacher whose voice and body language I loathed, she had an almost chimp like way of baring her teeth when she smiled, except it was not a smile but a point made sugar coated in arsenic.
Despite this I learnt a lot from her, I was able to take away and use small nuggets she had suggested and move my work forward. That said I did not enjoy this painting, It is my cup and saucer but I made a fundamental error by placing it on synthetically dyed tissue paper that I could not hope to replicate using pigment oils, still I tried and managed to resolve some of the issues and again experimented with applying paint only with a palette knife which produced another unctuous painting that will take months to dry.
Last night I painted this catastrophe. The tutor kept banging on about getting rid of the white so I created a green wash of colour. Sick of still life I decided to try painting from a photograph. Not a good idea because it was too small.
The first attempt at painting went horribly wrong, so I wiped it all off and started again. This time I used the long floppy brush that a lot of Japanese painters used. I was so irritated that I also dribbled paint and wiped paint with paper towels, all things I hate in the work of others. Strangely the painting became quite cathartic and I wished I could go back and keep trying different techniques like this. Trust me the full extent of this monstrosity is not apparent in the photograph!
I will try to find a class for next year far far away from Covent Garden. I have grown immensely as a painter and really want to keep going, but it is a real effort when the girls want me home. When I told them it was my last class they cheered!