Showing posts from November, 2015

New class at the Calgary School of Art

The new year will be full of painting explorations in my Tuesday afternoon class at the Calgary School of Art. 
We meet from 12:30 - 3:30 every Tuesday from January 5 - March 22.

The outline that I composed says it all, so I've pasted it here:

Join Ingrid for 12 weeks of oil painting that includes both structured and independent work.
We will begin with 7 weeks of still life because there is no better way to learn to paint than from life.  Our focus will be on creating dynamic compositions, and painting fabric, reflective surfaces, florals and a variety of textures.  Whether you are a studio or outdoor painter, prefer landscape, or other subject matter, the skills that you develop in this section will transcend genre and enhance your overall painting practise. 
The remaining 5 weeks will be independent subject, allowing you to work from any references you prefer.  Painters may bring in photos, or sketches, or continue working from still life set ups in the studio.  Ingrid will work …

Adjusting a painting to my vision

The model was a no show Thursday night at Calgary Figure Drop in, so one of the artists, Rick, kindly offered to sit for us.  What a guy!

I finished the portrait of him in the dim light of the studio, and felt it was a decent likeness, but, when I looked at it the next day, it felt like someone else's work.  After considering it for a while, I realized that the high contrast really plagued me.  My favourite paintings are those that maintain a closer value range.  No deep shadows and spotlight effects for me; I like my shadows to be colourful and midtoned, and my lights to be well below white.  So I spent some time fiddling with this painting to see whether I could turn it into something that felt right to me.  I know, some of you will prefer the original, and that's ok; that's your aesthetic.  But to be an artist is to find your own taste and follow it wherever it leads.  If other people like the things that you do that's gravy, but it's not necessary.  You can on…