This is the first painting I did this year after resuming painting by joining a class at 171 Cedar Arts Center. It's taught by a popular and very talented local artist, Dustin Boutwell.
Unlike other classes, we work on whatever we want to paint. It's part of Dustin's teaching style that brings us all forward.
In this case, Isabelle brought in her gardening things to create a still life. I painted them, because I like to garden, too.
It was challenging and interesting to paint the shininess of the metal trowel, the softness of the leather glove and to make it all look like it was sitting on the shelf.
Dustin has helped me develop my skills and my confidence. My classmates are also a wonderful source of information and inspiration. We share music, food, stories...