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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten


It's so rewarding to see students grasp the techniques they need to paint and sketch what they want and how they want. Here's an update on our Monday afternoon class, a group of 6 women, most of who have been with me for a number of years.

Two colours. Mid-tone paper. Some artists don't need many supplies to create a realistic scene. The paper is Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper. This artist is choosing the textured side of the paper to add to the moodiness of the sky. It's going to be lovely.

Last week, the artist below sketched an old man. Today, it's an old lady. She is not finished yet. The trick is to figure out a graduated shading around the wrinkles to help them to look realistic. She will figure it out.

I think she's captured the life and character in this old lady's eyes. They are penetrating.

The watercolour eggs are coming along nicely. We celebrated today when this artist created her own beautiful black. There are some great "lost edges" in this painting. It took many layers to achieve the darker areas.

The artist below hopes to travel in Europe next year, sketching as she goes. Urban sketching. You need to be quick and fairly accurate. I think she will be fine. She has a gutsy approach that will serve her well.

Need an animal portrait done? The artist below takes commissions to paint animal portraits as well as human ones. This horse will be going to the home of its owner.

There is something very calming and peaceful when you have a group artists deeply engaged in what they are creating. Well, when things go well, it's calm. The artist above was ready to give up on her horse portrait. I am glad she persisted and methodically figured out what needed to be changed.

It's lovely.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable,

but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

George Bernard Shaw

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