The Computer Science department at my school didn't really lend
itself to study abroad programs, so I looked to the Fine Art department
to get my fill. As a non-Arts-major, my choices were more limited (for example, I wasn't eligible for a full semester in Venice, as spectacular as that would have been), but my timing
was good and I got a spot in the first run of a landscape painting class
in oils outside of Florence instead.
In the summer of 2006 I spent six weeks in the
Tuscan country side. Talk about awesome! I had painted
before, but only with acrylics and never painting landscapes so it was a beautiful learning experience all around. I don't have photos of all the work, but to the left you can see it all lined up together, and above you can get a glimpse of one of the views. The place is freaking gorgeous.
Fast forward a few years and you'll find me with little experience past that first crash course. I've started a few paintings over the years but I don't really know what to do with them, or how to complete them. Books from the library only go so far and have shown me that I don't know a thing about technique.
So, in attempt to get back in the saddle, I took an oil painting class with Q. The class we took was a beginners class which was good for learning the basics, but not very interesting in terms of the things we painted. Then again, nothing really holds up to the Tuscan countryside. We started with styrofoam balls and graduated to random stuff around the studio. It's not much to look at, but this blog is here to document my work and projects, so here it is in all its glory :)
First we painted styrofoam balls and blocks in black and white:
Later we painted random objects in color:
And last, we painted things around the studio. I chose a bust that was sitting by a window:
There were also a few quicker exercises between these. Here are a few of them: