Tiny paintings of tiny things
I have been too busy documenting the self-portrait cookies project to keep up making any posts regarding my free, three session, “Tiny Paintings of Tiny Things” classes. These acrylic classes are three Thursdays this month, with the last session this coming week. This project is part of my “Details of Place” theme which will connect classes and workshops throughout the year.
It has been fun so far, and I love how diverse the group is! It is a pleasure to host a class with such a wide range of ages and skill levels. It is fascinating seeing how people interact and respond to the project, and I am looking forward to seeing their final paintings this week. They will be displayed in a case at the Richmond Cultural Center, details to follow next post!
To start everyone learned how to paint a gradation of colour on their own small piece of plywood. This forms the background “stage” for the objects to be depicted.
Our next exercise was learning how to make a form look 3-D. Everybody practiced by making a small painting of a gumball on a coloured background. It is great how even at this initial level you can see each person’s style!
Next we all got a chance to explain what objects they brought to paint and why. Here is Marco and his hand carved animals. He is a woodworker and explained how he begins with a ring of wood he shapes on a lathe. Each slice of this ring makes an animal which he further sands and finishes.
Each participant then arranged their objects in a paper bag equipt with a rechargeable flameless tea light. This made it possible for people to control the light and shadow in their composition.
A few people got pretty far ahead in the process by the end of the class. Here is Frances’s underpainting including an origami crane and two pieces of jewelry.
And the beginnings of Marina’s traditional Dutch still life inspired piece that includes the tooth of her dog (don’t worry, it fell out in its own!).
Can’t wait to see everybody this week and see how all these paintings evolve!