Apple of My Eye



Not a sheep! An apple! 

Last night I went to the first of eight weeks of oil painting classes. It’s a still life class, in case you hadn’t guessed. 

We started out with two colors : white and burnt ochre. This looks more like a porcelain apple than it does the real life fruit on the table, but it shows me what I have to learn. Loosening up and using more paint. Also I hope to overcome my fear of ellipses…the shapes that make round shadows, the bottoms of wine glasses, etc. 

It was just lovely to sit in Silvina Day‘s studio with other students, focusing, asking questions, chatting a little bit and sipping champagne. (tee hee!) 

I asked about the advantage of oils over acrylics. Seems that oils are more forgiving in part because they dry more slowly. Also the colors tend not to change as much when oils dry as when acrylics do. There are nice new odorless turpentine equivalents…really odorless and not annoying.

Stay tuned for more adventures in fruit!





4 thoughts on “Apple of My Eye

  1. seabluelee says:

    Heh…enough of that champagne should help you “loosen up,” and you can use the glass as a model for painting those ellipses. Sounds like a great class.

  2. kitty says:

    Yay…a new endeavor! Looks like you are off to a good start…and with Champagne yet! How cool.

  3. Sundry says:

    Wish we could take it together, Kitty!

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