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  • Writer's pictureHilda Van Netten

Wednesday Evening Class - Oh the Places You'll Go

I just noticed these images on my camera. They need to be seen by more people than just my little class and me. I love it when artists take a leap and start to use the skills they've learned painting from their own reference photos. Or from real life. Maybe that is next for these ladies.


Isn't this one delightful? I asked the artist to position her brush as if she was rubbing the dog's nose with it. He looks happy to be tickled with a brush. This artist's son took the picture of his dog and asked his Mom to paint it for him. How lovely.





So many skills and techniques being used in the painting below. And, the birds have so much character. What a delightful painting.





The artist below is continuously challenging herself using different techniques and styles. This time she is going for some serious details. Nothing like painting lace to get you focused. I have no doubt that this will look stunning in the end.





Finally one for today: be still my heart. When an artist takes the first step in using her own photo references, thinking about techniques and where to use them, it's rewarding to see. Like, choosing to stipple the paint in the background and using some loose layered washes on the gable end of the roof. I especially love the shadows she created under the roof's overhang. I think painting the trees will be the icing on the cake of this painting: fun to paint and beautiful to see.





I've never been much of a Dr. Seuss fan, but I do like this part of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You're on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”




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