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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Monday Class Update

For someone who is totally new to chalk-pastels, this artist is doing a fine job. She is learning to approach the painting in layers. Those three tracks you see at the bottom of the field were the second layer. The orange-brown colour was layer 1. Then, she had to figure out the direction of the rows of corn and they became the third layer. Next she will add some squiggles that look like corn stalks to the brown lines and finally go in between the brown lines with other squiggles that look like cornstalks. Crazy and complicated. It will be stunning when it's finished.

It's always a good idea to look at your painting from a different angle every once in a while. Hold it up to the mirror, come upon it by surprise. It helps your brain to see your painting in a new light. This one is coming along nicely.

Not only did the artist below use watercolours, there is ink and coffee in this painting. Anything can make a beautiful painting if it follows the elements and principles of design.

I never tell my students what to paint. They come up with subjects on their own and I help them to figure out how to draw and paint them. The above lady brought in her roots, carefully wrapped in paper towels. Her next painting will be of an orange and an egg.... which she dropped when unwrapping.

It was boiled. Whew!

The artist below has extremely varied interests. From fairies to foxes to pinecones. Aren't those eyes life-like?

And, to end our little art show, here's a seasonal number to get you in the Christmas mood.

It has been a pleasure making art with these ladies.

“Friendship is unnecessary,

like philosophy, like art....

It has no survival value;

rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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