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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Paying Attention to the Details

Monday afternoon and Wednesday evening art classes began last week. Every artist approaches their paintings in different ways. This artist completed the complicated dress and the even more complicated knit afghan before starting on the woman's head.

There are many colours in human skin, if you look closely. We spent some time paying attention to the colours we saw there. Eventually, the artist had a handful of pencils, each one finding its place on the woman's face.

The artist below has painted many series of paintings. She is on an egg theme this year. Believe it or not, two of these eggs have made use of the colour Opera Rose. When you look closely, it's amazing what you'll find.

We have some folks in class who are fairly new to the mediums they are trying. I like to wait and watch what the artist's brains will come up with when facing a painting challenge. I want them to be able to eventually do without me. Don't you just LOVE the translucency of this pear? She's not done yet. I have faith that her brain will direct her hands to complete a wonderful painting.

The artist below has taken lessons from another painter and is now exploring watercolours in our class. She did a fine job of making this black by mixing Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue and Hookers Green.

New medium to this artist: watercolour pencils. And, white guache paint used in the highlights on the little girl's hair. One portrait is difficult. This artist is taking on a double portrait. Not an easy task. But, it's coming along nicely.

Finally, our newest artist. This is his second drawing.... I am guessing since school days? It looks to me like drawing will come easy to him. Looking forward to what he attempts next. He already has a good grasp on details.

Looking forward to spending more time with these artists.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

W.B. Yeats

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