For the last couple of months, I have put my pastels aside, to concentrate on oil painting. Not that I have lost interest in my beloved pastels, mind you, but I have a desire to get to the next level with my ability with oils. I think it’s important to remain a student of art, always open to learning, and to explore other mediums, for it only improves the medium you concentrate on.
In order to do that, I figured it would behoove me to take an oil painting class, since I’ve been struggling with it on my own. I did take a couple of oil workshops with Marc Hanson, in the last couple of years, which were wonderful, but I thought a weekly class would help.
I signed up for a 6 week class, through The Art School in Sandy Springs, with John Guernsey. I had a one day plein air outing with him a few years ago and have long admired his work. He’s very talented with a unique style that I love, and he usually brings home the Best in Show ribbon at plein air events. You can read his blog posts at: http://johnbguernsey.blogspot.com
John’s a great instructor, imparting a vast knowledge of the foundations of oil painting, as well many helpful tips (like painting lettering on a wine bottle or sign, and painting windows without looking amateurish.)
Here are 2 of my class paintings using John’s reference photos.
I’m now going to be in a student show at The Art School in Sandy Springs, Atlanta GA
on Thursday, December 18th, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.