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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Wednesday Class - Beginnings

Many of the artists in my Wednesday evening class are beginning new paintings. And, to get an accurate painting depends on the accuracy of your initial drawing.

This artist is doing a fine job of drawing nautical paraphernalia. She took some artistic license and didn't draw ALL of the ropes. Remembering back to when this artist was with me 3 or 4 years ago, this is going to be a very nice painting.

Sometimes, you find inspiration that speaks to you and you want to continue on in that vein. The inspiration here is a British Columbia artist's work. The artist below has already used one of her very complicated paintings as reference and is now taking on the new challenge of doing a much larger painting. It's almost like making a puzzle. You have conversations with yourself like, "OK. This line goes parallel to that one ... for a while... and then it bends up and almost hits that line......"

She is doing very well. I have no doubt that she will want to frame this one when finished.

I love it when artist try something new. This artist has always been attracted to detail, but it is usually fairly realistic. In this session, she has been using a whimsical painting by a British artist as reference. She is adding her own embellishments to it. Like, after this picture was taken, she added a boy playing in the sand, a net drying, a gull, a starfish, a crab.... Maude Lewis would be proud.

Another artist pursuing her own passion: realistic botanical paintings. She is using both watercolour pencils and coloured pencils. Every time I wander by this artist, I am happy to see that she is figuring out what to do on her own and it is working well for her. Nice textures from both mediums.

And, a painting that has been in progress since the late fall when we started classes again. This little guy is coming too life.

One thing I like about this artist's work is that many of them are in her sketch pad. What a treasure trove!

I think Lewis Carroll was on to something when he wrote:

“Begin at the beginning,"

the King said, very gravely,

"and go on till you come to the end:

then stop.”

Those words apply to creating art too.

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