Unfinished acrylic painting #1 by Joan Cole
While I was letting layers of paint dry, I began a second painting. I don't have the original underpainting to show you, but this is as far as I was able to take it today.
|Unfinished acrylic painting #2 by Joan Cole|
I will be continuing to work on both of these paintings, but not tonight. I will keep you posted. So stay tuned.
I did say that Jan's class was eye-opening. I had no idea of the intense physicality involved in Jan's style of brushwork. Much scrubbing in and scumbling over layer upon layer of paint is required, sometimes before the layers are completely dry!
However, since it's Oscar night tonight, it's time for me to tune in to catch some of the preliminary red carpet interviews. Have a great evening, everyone!
|Underpainting for acrylic landscape by Joan Cole 12" x 16"|
|As you may deduce from my attire, the weather on Grand Cayman was sunny and WINDY! But the view was spectacular! [no snow!]|
|"Carribean Morning," 9 x 12, unfinished watercolor by Joan Cole, copyright 2011|
|"Carribean Afternoon," 9 x 12, unfinished watercolor by Joan Cole, copyright 2011|
|Upper Messerschmidt's Pond in Winter by Joan Cole|
Pastel 9 x 12" $400
I am so excited by my work in pastels. Masterpastellist Claudia Post is sharing so much of her vast knowledge in our Gallery class. (You may remember that still life of the apple, pear, and lemon? I'm still working on that and others.) Landscapes are in my blood; this one brought me great joy and satisfaction.
There is so much to learn about pastels. Who would have guessed that it is advisable to sharpen one's pastels to get a finer line or point? (I must say, it is NOT my favorite part of painting with pastels.) Claudia can sharpen a NuPastel with a single-edge razor blade lickety split! It takes me SOOOOOOOOOOO much longer, and sometimes I break the stick in the process.
It is possible to use turpentine to affix initial layers of pastel to the paper. I used that method with this piece and found it gave me a more painterly feel--more like the feeling of plein air painting in oils. Anyway, then I was able to build over that layer with additional layers of color.
This afternoon, I picked up the painting from the framer, drove to Maple & Main Gallery of Fine Art, and Claudia hung "Upper Messerschmidt's in Winter" in the classroom on our lower level. Teacher and student were both tickled.
When you are in the area of Chester, Connecticut, stop by Maple & Main and check out "Upper Messerschmidt's." It's in VERY good company--among more than 100 diverse works of art by thirty artists from across the fine state of Connecticut.
|"Winter Snowfall" by Joan Cole|
9" x 12" oil on linen
|"Snowdrops" by Joan Cole, 6" x 8" oil on linen|