Good morning. Tina here.
Last Saturday I attended an acrylics painting class at the Placerville Shakespeare Clubhouse. There were about 22 students, our teacher Mary Ann (on the left below) and her able assistant Dee. Mary Ann usually paints in pastels, and Dee is a very well rounded artist, specializing in drawing and watercolor. The photo of the two artists below was one I took back in November for the press release.
I have painted over the years and have shown a few paintings in this blog, including my painting of my corgi, Robbi. I just don't seem to get into it if left on my own, so when I see a painting class I sign up, hoping I will get a painting out of it.
Our first project, which I had to play catch-up on, was to mix colors from those primary colors we were given, red, yellow and blue, and fill in our color wheel. Above in the middle is my color wheel.
Kandi's only experience with painting was last summer when she worked on the sets for "The Secret Garden", at the Imagination Theater in Placerville. Her daughter was in the cast and they needed volunteers. She painted rocks for the walls, and I attended that play and can attest that the sets were wonderful! So even though she claimed not to be an artist, I felt that she was already well on her way. She had a great way with shading, I think she learned that from painting rocks over and over, with varying shades of gray!
Mary Ann had given us a paper with a drawing of a flower on it, which could become a daisy, a sunflower, or whatever our little painter hearts desired.
Above is a shot of the room. We each had a long table and one partner, plenty of room to make a mess or a masterpiece.
Kandi's pallet was neat and tidy and she separated her colors in nice little rows. Mine, well... That is my pallet below.
Mary Ann gave demonstrations and told interesting tales of her painting. One that was helpful to me (hopefully) was how she made herself paint during a particularly trying time in her life. Her husband was ill and she had very little time for herself. She told herself she would paint a pear a day. And she did! She has hundred of paintings of pears, and she can look back and be happy she kept working on her talents in spite of everything.