I went to my first painting class today. I have dabbled with painting for years. I have acrylic paints and water colors. I have pastels and colored pencils. I have brushes and canvases. I have gesso. I have painted some stuff that I like. I have never taken a lesson. My mom and I went to an art show up at Thacher Park in the Helderberg Mountains two weeks ago on a tip from a friend. I have only been to Thacher park a handful of times over the 25 or more years I have lived in this area. I have enjoyed it every time. I knew nothing about the place. While we were there at the show, I picked up a book on the history of Thacher park. I read the book quickly and now I am obsessed. There is something about the place, beyond the fact that it was under the sea 400 million years ago and has more marine fossils than any place in the world. It was sight of Dutch and Indian trading. That is the reason behind the various towns building up in this area. The sea receded and left behind the escarpment that is Thacher park. I feel something driving there. I feel something when I arrive. It is like I am supposed to be there.
The painting class was held in the kitchen on a long table. There were 8 of us. The teacher was a pleasant woman, a little older than me. who told us that she started to paint five years ago. She already has her art hanging in shows and has won awards. She was very unassuming and helpful. We each had an easel with a 16 by 20 canvas that had been pre- prepared by her with some background paint. We were given paints, brushes, linseed oil and mineral spirits. We were to copy a painting that she had made of a field in Maine with a pond and trees and some sheep in the foreground. She taught us how to fill the sky and the grass and the water. Painting the sheep took up most of the class so we did run out of time. I brought my painting home to work on the details and fill in more trees. I have never worked with oil. I need to go out and buy supplies. I have work to do. Maybe at some point I can add the final product to this post.
well I was able to add the unfinished product above. As I said it NEEDS WORK.