Bravery Challenge

Last Tuesday, I had my second lesson with Jamie Bollenbach at Arts and Craftsman Supply in Seattle. If you want to see my awesome teacher's art: http://www.jamiebollenbach.com/ 

I LEARNED:

1. Use oil in oil painting. Doh! haha. Wow, life changer:).

2. Use oil to erase and clean your brushes.

3. Move the paint around: add and subtract using paint and one color. Like carving!

4. Paint a base of green or red first to paint skin. 

5. To get in a gallery is difficult because it's difficult to sell art.

6. Artists need to show other people their work -we need feedback and critique to improve.

7. Don't paint your kids because everyone thinks their kids are cute. 

8. Painting only changes politics if lots of people do it. 

9. Use good ventilation when painting ...and Hilma, don't put paint all over your arms to match your skin's tone.

10. If you want to be really brave draw a portrait on a small canvas and erase it every day. TOTALLY DID THAT! *See the pics and video below!!!

11. You can learn the most by looking at one painting in a museum for an hour. Ryan said, "Just do it to the painting we have by that famous artist!" Nice! I'll start with that one because Lana has the Nora virus this weekend. I can get to the MAC on Friday Morning.

12. To draw a song: think of how the song makes you feel and how a picture makes you feel.

13. Move slowly. Think of a classical adante tempo. 

14. Your stokes should be gentle and not audible: think of one slice of color on top of another without blending like a slice of butter on a slice of Mayonnaise. 

15. Draw every day.

16. What an artist feels and tries to portray is often opposite to how it maks a viewer feel.

WORK!

1. I started by completing the thumb drawing in green because that's how I'm learning to draw skin. I'm letting it dry until Jamie says to add to it.

2. THE BRAVERY CHALLENGE!!!!!!!! Brave is my motto.

Below is how I progressed and then a video of me erasing it. I highly recommend it. You get super attached and it's the best drawing you've ever done and you don't want to erase it and it's like destroying something that had life... and then it's like no big deal and you're ready for the next drawing.

Idea: I put a music stand beside my artwork to take learning notes.

Bravery Challenge #1
 I had fun trying. I am better thanks to all the mermaid drawing I've been doing melding multiple faces together. Ayla calls this one, "Alien Hair." I hope to have five more of these by next week.

I had fun trying. I am better thanks to all the mermaid drawing I've been doing melding multiple faces together. Ayla calls this one, "Alien Hair." I hope to have five more of these by next week.

Here I am erasing a painting for the first time!