When I first started painting with oil in late 2006, I struggled with trying to understand and apply everything about the medium all at once, but when I switched my mindset from having to focus on everything to narrowing my attention to mastering one fundamental of painting at a time, things really began to take off for me.
Before that time, each painting experience had the potential of becoming emotionally discouraging and also a disaster in outcome, you know, making a bunch of mud. And in the beginning, the time I had to devote to learning to paint was precious, because I was still working as a full-time architect and I needed each painting opportunity to be a productive and meaningful experience.
Because I was searching for a way to make each painting experience more enjoyable and to have a plan that would help me feel that I was moving forward, I used my lunch breaks to read, research, and map out a course of action. It was during one of these mid-day breaks that I developed a method of self-study that would focus on the main painting fundamentals. Focusing on one aspect of painting at a time, and to work on that technique until I began to feel comfortable with it, and then I would move onto another aspect, constantly spiraling up, getting better and better with each painting session.
I read a lot of books, painted my way into many corners, and overall wished there was something out there that I could use as a guide, but there wasn't anything I could find. This is why I have developed an online class about Mastering Painting Fundamentals. A guide to help those who also want to master the main aspects of oil painting within the limited time they may have.
If you work full-time, or just have other commitments that make it impossible for you to enroll in a physical painting class, this class is for you. You can study at your own schedule, check in to the private online blog when it works for you, and receive positive and helpful critiques of your paintings.
Individual artistic growth is the goal of this class.
Class starts in a few weeks on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
The goal of creating art is to effectively express the idea of the artist, and this is more able to be conveyed if the artist is knowledgeable and comfortable with the fundamentals of design and composition.
This class is designed to help you create strong and distinct paintings by exploring and using basic design fundamentals. Participants study basic composition types, values, color temperature, and edge quality. Assignments given each week will investigate each topic. Students will work from their own still life and landscape references. Some previous oil painting experience is helpful, but not necessary.