Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. June 2. 3. and 4.
How to paint your garden
Join me in the garden to make art. This is our haven, our retreat. Lush lawns, beautiful flowers, still ponds. Bees humming busily amongst the bloom. The sun casting cool shadows across brilliant green. Each day we’ll work from a different photograph and I’ll show you how to paint your garden.
Let’s capture the moment in paint on canvas. Booking below. €10
How to paint a Wine Glass
We’ll try to capture sunlight in a bottle – from the fruits of the vineyard to the glass. Each day we’ll work on a different aspect using a different photograph reference. A ‘nature morte’ or two and a landscape.
Let’s prepare and crack open a vintage Chateau Neuf du Pape in paint on canvas. Booking below. €10
Hasn’t that been a splendid few days? It has made Terenure look like Tuscany! So, this week as another special, we’re exploring three likely and beautiful locations in that very country: Tuesday, we will set up by one of Venice’s achingly beautiful canals, Wednesday, we’ll head out to the countryside and paint a sunny Tuscan villa and vinyard and on Thursday we’ll paint from the ramparts of the ancient Etruscan hilltop city of Volterra. It makes me long to go on the Grand Tour.
But we can’t go on the Grand Tour at the moment but we can travel in our heads and studios to an online art class in Tuscany ! In today’s online art class, we all went to Venice and stood at the waterside painting in the hot sun (see the speedpainting video above: A demonstration of painting from a photo reference, with fabulous musical accompaniment to get that ‘Talented Mr Ripley’ feel).
There are two more classes this week.
We’ll still be in Tuscany tomorrow. We’re all heading off to paint a Tuscan Villa and vineyard. Don’t forget your big floppy hat and bottles of water. If you want to join us on the charabanc, register using the form over on the right or here: http://www.mcsherrystudio.com/virtual-art-class/
If you want to use the photos yourself, here are the references on Pixabay:
You can view the Monet Floral Still Life one right here at the top of the page. This demonstration took about 2 hours to complete. 1.5 hours of the class and a further 30 minutes to put in some finishing touches.
It has been a most enjoyable week and I think I’ve learned a lot by taking novel approaches to my painting practice.
Why don’t you ccome along to one of these online virtual art classes too? They’re available to anyone who wants to learn to paint using the most direct and logical system. I explain everything as I go along during the class: Palette; oil colours; brushes; supports – down to how to use all your materials to best effect. Join me at this link. and I hope to see you soon.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. This week, I’ll be exploring Manet Peploe & Monet Still Lifes. Three different approaches to the same subject; Flowers. From Édouard Manet’s rich, warm and academic chiarscuro feel to the dabby, textural Claude Monet and the ‘Scottish Colourist’ Samuel John Peploe’s flat planes of bright colour.
I think I’m closest in approach and personality to the traditionalist Manet. He so wanted to be accepted by the Academy but luckily for him, they didn’t lower the drawbridge for him until too late and thus secured his place in the pantheon. However, I’m very curious about the other two. Both seem effortless and each is very different. (For those interested in acrylics; Peploe’s approach is a good example to follow – far less hue variation within each plane of colour). And more good news: They all started out the same way!
It’s a good exercise to study the techniques of other artists and often helps to get around that difficulty we often have of deciding what to paint and how to arrange our subjects; Have a look at the Paul Cézanne composition demonstration from last week as a speedpainting here (and do please subscribe to my Youtube channel when you’re there).