PAINTING CLASS: What Can Apples Teach Us?

I taught a class this past Monday at Riley Street. We are all using acrylic paints.

I had the students draw a horizontal and vertical line through their watercolor paper to create four sections. Charcoal or an all-surface black pencil.

Then they drew an apple carefully.  (From memory, after all we have each touched, handled, eaten apples countless times in our lives.)

The second square was done with the non-dominant hand. (moans!)

The third was dominant hand again but with two seconds, that was it.

The fourth, you guessed it, non-dominant hand and two seconds as well.

Optimally, each apple got looser and looser.

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Next we put our paints out, limited palette, one yellow, one red and one blue.

Since I discourage using tube paint directly, we mixed a few piles from dark to light of each of our colors.

Next we painted the apples, and to keep things simple, we all agreed in red-dominance for our apples today.

Then adding a horizontal line to establish an Above and Below shapes, we proceeded to mix dark colors on top for two paintings, and dark colors on bottom for two more.

We did have a wee bit of time at end to reestablish some pencil lines avoiding the ole coloring book effect of black line all around the object, and then with a few dabs of highlights we stopped painting.

Scissors next!  We cut out our four little paintings and placed each against a clean white sheet of paper. And the WOWS were muttered around the room.  There were lovely apples all around!

Here's what mine looked like after I took them home and added a smidge of watercolor crayon, just for fun. And cut out my pieces and affixed to 5 x 7 inch watercolor paper with matte medium gel.

painting lesson: four apples painted in acrylic paint
limited palette, color mixing, values, shapes, loose and expressive painting, large brushes, lots to play with, lots to learn!

Hopefully these pics are a bit better than the group one above.
Each acrylic paint on paper, fits 5 x 7 in. frame. $25 each (free u.s. shipping), contact me if you are interested in any of these.

small apple painting acrylic on paper #1
small apple painting acrylic on paper #1

small apple painting acrylic on paper #2
small apple painting acrylic on paper #2

small apple painting acrylic on paper #3
small apple painting acrylic on paper #3

small apple painting acrylic on paper #4
small apple painting acrylic on paper #4


Next week we will be adding a bit of mixed media to our painting efforts.


Blessings and Paint On!
~Joanie

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