I set this up last Monday morning while waiting for my class to show up. It was raining and I wanted to capture the light and colors. Much of it was blocked in before my class but once I had students, I needed to focus on them.
Today, with a little drizzle, it was fun to try this again from a photo remembering the feeling that made me want to paint it in the first place. I'm happy with this one.
The reference for this painting was an image posted by my children's kindergarten teacher on Facebook. The image shows an intimate moment between a mother and child. Thank you for the the use of your beautiful photo Rebecca!
This was a quick study done in class with my students.
Since I consider myself to be a perennial student of painting, I am always looking for ways to expand and challenge the way I paint and teach. I recently read a post about doing paintings using only complimentary colors andwhite and black. So today in class I spread out objects with only violets and yellows. I challenged those who were interested to play with only those colors in paint to create a harmonious painting.
To my delight and with varying degrees of confidence, four of them chose to participate! I love their willingness to challenge themselves regardless of the results. I think we all learned something even if it's that sometimes the teacher's ideas can be hard, even for the teacher!