This is the first painting I made during Buechner's workshop last August. It was before we were told to select our objects to create relationships.
It was my first time using Multimedia ArtBoard. I am more of a masonite girl. It was also a white surface, and I usually start from a brown toned surface. And it was my first time using fast drying alkyds instead of slow drying oils. First time in a Buechner workshop. Lots of firsts.
Later, my painting became The Family --- the mother/female curvy vase, the father/male phallic vase, and the baby chick ---after Buechner explained his still life approach.
Things I learned while I made this painting:
- It is better to correct early-on and get the drawing right, than to hope you can fix it along the way.
- I wish I hadn't placed the grouping so far to the left in the space. But I have a tendency to do this.
- Multimedia Artboard is fragile and absorbs paint like crazy, which made me crazy, but it allows you to work faster. Not sure I love it.
- I enjoyed painting the reflections on the brown "father" vase. I am interested in how light falls in the space, so spending time learning how to create this type of reflection was interesting to me.
- I remembered how to paint! I hadn't painted seriously in such a long time that I thought I had forgotten. Once I got past my nervousness, I started to enjoy myself.