On the Canvas

{As part of the spring cleaning of my blog I decided to share more of my growth as an artist with you.  Those of you who follow me regularly know that my word for this year is Nurture, which seemed a perfect follow-up to last year's word, Bloom.  I have been spending more and more time in my studio painting but still find that I am very good at finding other things to occupy my time.  It is my hope that by weekly sharing my progress with you I will become more disciplined.  Hopefully these weekly posts will make me more accountable!} I recently began taking an acrylic painting class with Robert Crawford, a local artist who I have long admired.  I was very excited to learn that he was offering lessons in the town next to ours and quickly signed up.  It was one of those serendipitous moments; I had been wishing I could find a class in my area and...boom!...one day an email from him appeared in my inbox.

I tried not to pick out a photograph that was too challenging for my first project.  After sifting through the gallery on my laptop I settled on the one below:

White Memorial

I thought it would be relatively easy but I found it to be more challenging than expected.  First of all, I had chosen a rectangular shot and realized a half hour before class that I only had a square canvas.  Lesson 1:  Prepare for class a few days ahead of time.

The second challenge came because for the past year I have been doing intuitive painting, taking online lessons with the amazing Flora Bowley (for more information, check out the video on my sidebar).  Flora's style is radically different from Robert's and I had to train myself to approach the canvas more purposefully, paying more attention to composition and employing a more traditional approach.

The painting is still a work in progress:

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As you can see, I had to make some modifications to allow for the square canvas.  In addition, my colors are brighter but Robert assures me that the biggest mistake I could make would be to try to match the color palette exactly (thank goodness!)

I feel very fortunate to be able to take these lessons, especially since there are only two of us currently taking the class.  We are getting a lot of individual attention and I am learning a lot.  Just by looking at the picture above I can tell that I am going to have to add depth through the use of darker colors.  I think I will wait until Thursday's class before going any further.

What have you been working on recently?  I'd love to hear about it!