Monday, May 30, 2011

Showing off a student's painting...

I just have to show off Nancy's wonderful painting! In my class we all do the same painting, something from one of the Bob Ross books. However, the intention is that you will be able to use what you've learned to do some of your own work. This is an example of that. One of the students in my class, Nancy, did this painting of an area down around Crittenden Ky. Isn't it fantastic!!! Great job Nancy!!! I just had to show it off!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Painting for June 4th

Saturday we had a fantastic class! Students, you did a great job!!! Here's the painting for June 4th. If I get time, I'll try to paint one with a cabin in it for anyone interested in adding the Bob Ross Cabin. After surviving the last two crazy weeks, it will be good to finally get back in the swing of things! Happy Painting!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Painting for May 21st...

Well folks, we're getting back in the saddle so to speak! Here's the painting for May 21st and it's full of many of the Bob Ross "goodies". I have a few openings left so don't forget to contact me if you want to sign up. Happy Painting!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Reflective Surfaces..

I know I don't talk a lot about reflective surfaces, mainly because we don't do anything that complicated in my Bob Ross classes. However I thought I would mention a couple of my little tips for getting them on the canvas. First, don't be intimidated! Just paint/draw what you see. On something that is highly reflective, you see it, colors and all. If you notice in progress photos, I blocked in the pear and the lemon right on the coffee pot even though they are not a dimensional part of the painting. Second, keep it simple. Students always want to immediately jump into complicated paintings right away. I use fruit because it adds a nice splash of color, and the coffee pot, has a nice smooth surface. Nothing too complex. Third, try using only one light source. Putting the light on the side of your still life, can add some drama and cast some really nice shadows. Painting can often times be about "seeing" in both still life and landscape work. Happy Painting!!