Life Painting Class

Painting: Materials and Methods module, was a class comprised of creating 4 paintings in class; a still life, a nude model, a clothed model and a self-directed still life.

Painting has been one of my main mediums for the past couple years, so I mostly expected this class I took this opportunity to have a weekly 4 hour session to practice and improve my skills. Particularly since most of my other classes were theoretical.

In doing this class, I realised that I had never actually painted from life and had only worked from photographs. The difference was surprising as it felt far less rigid and more productive as a class. I felt less pressure within myself to completely recreate a scene and to rather focus on my use of colour and technique. To focus on the shape and the colour of what I’m seeing and creating I feel has developed my relationship with painting and how I will approach in upcoming projects.

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