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03-31-2017, 01:46 AM
I just bought a bundle of online art classes by various instructors. I thought this thread might be a good way for me to keep track of which courses I take (or at least start) and examples of what I learn from them.

So far I've started a brush lettering course. I see a "Quirky Bird" course that looks fun. A portrait class that I was already considering taking is in the bundle, so I pretty HAVE to take that one. So I expect I'll be posting a wide variety of things.

03-31-2017, 04:58 AM
My first attempt at brush lettering after working my way through most of a Molly McCean online class. I need more practice! She demonstrated with brush pens. I think it would be cool to figure out how to do this with watercolor and a paintbrush.

03-31-2017, 10:11 PM
Oh wow pretty cool for first attempt! I just recently have been inspired by some artists that I follow on Instagram to start up lettering. I just got done ordering supplies today for it.
I look forward to seeing what you share here!

PS - are you using brush pens for your lettering or nib pen?
That quuirky bird course sounds fun! XD

04-01-2017, 03:19 AM
Thanks! All Ive tried so far with brush lettering is a Faber Castell PITT pen with "B" brush nib.

04-07-2017, 06:15 AM
I watched all the Quirky Bird videos & started sketching some. Big departure from my usual style :-). I have inktensed/gessoed backgrounds drying to making some in color.

04-07-2017, 04:46 PM
I watched all the Quirky Bird videos & started sketching some. Big departure from my usual style :-). I have inktensed/gessoed backgrounds drying to making some in color.

Oh those are quirky!!! I love them! They seem fun!

04-09-2017, 01:35 AM
I made the multilayered background, clear gesso'd it & sketched out 9 Quirky bird's per the tutorial. I've only colored in 4 though. I think I'll save the others for sometime when I'm arting with friends, perhaps with varying art interests, and maybe we can do as a group project.

(Note to self: Next time, use hot press wc paper instead of cold press (smoother). Try minwax instead of gesso (smoother) Reference Tamara Laporte or try sanding the gesso. Markering over liquid chalk may work also) )

04-19-2017, 06:06 AM
22380I've started the Colored Pencil Course now. It was in the Art Bundle of online art classes I bout a few weeks ago. It's by Matt Fussell of Thevirtualinstructor.com. I've taken a lot of his other material and I think he's great. Being a Yankee though (me), I have to listen to him at 1.5x speed :-). I found a bookmarklet that allows me to adjust the speed of vimeos.

I've watched 4 of the 22 modules so far. I did a part of the first practical application & sketched out the apples for the second. I think I'll watch ahead a bit when I can & work in the exercises when I can.

And just for s&g, me immediately pre-op for my first cataract surgery. Not happy about the "now we'll put your eye to sleep" part. Actual surgery was nothing compared to the anesthetic "application"

04-21-2017, 03:50 AM
Very nice and motivating thread! Thanks for sharing your art.
I hope your surgery went well!

04-30-2017, 10:27 PM
In Feb I took a 5-day abstract acrylics workshop with Bob Burridge. He encouraged us to pick one subject then paint it 100 times with different colors, brush stokes, shapes, shading, & other techniques. I decided to try that with 5x7" pears. Ive been working on it here & there since February. It's such a switch from ATCs & the detail & medium (watercolor) I usually use on those that it's hard to do both in the same day. That was my main art focus this weekend. Here's a photo of my pear-covered acrylics work space :-)

PS does anyone know how to view thumbnails larger? Whenever I click on someone's thumbnail in a thread posting then try to enlarge it, it just closes.

05-02-2017, 01:15 AM
My mom wants a 24x36" painting for her new place. She wants a flower vase in shades of blue, so I'm practicing 5x7" size...

I may try some Rapa bottles while I'm working in this larger size & in acrylics.

05-03-2017, 05:44 PM
I didn't care for the flower vases in shades of blue...

05-03-2017, 05:49 PM
And working on some Rapa bottles. Not sure I'll have them done to give to her in person this weekend...

05-08-2017, 11:57 PM
woohoo! Got the bottles to Rapa this weekend!

05-09-2017, 12:02 AM
Some collaborative art Rapa, Art_Junkie, a couple AFA friends & I made this weekend. So fun--and HILARIOUS!

06-29-2017, 04:53 AM
In keeping with my apparent theme of being ALL over the place art wise, I just completed a painted glass (i.e. Faux stained glass) class. It was cool, but I'm not crazy about using the lead border material. I'm worried the lead will seep into my bloodstream & affect my brain cells, all of whom I treasure greatly :-). Also I just love watercolor, acrylics & Charcoal too much...and already have all the supplies I need for those mediums.

Anyway, here's what I made in class, 8x10" in a frame I could set in a window sill.

06-29-2017, 11:32 PM
Wow, the painted glass is fabulous! So bright! :)

07-02-2017, 10:53 PM
Not happy about the "now we'll put your eye to sleep" part. Actual surgery was nothing compared to the anesthetic "application"

Wow that sounds horrible : D

I like the quirky birds. Ha ha!

07-08-2017, 08:33 PM
At my Feb 2017 Bob Burridge workshop, he'd look at a person's painting and say something like, "Nice pear! Now paint 99 more". Apparently one of his teachers used to say that to him. So...I tried it! Over the course of the last few months I painted 100 acrylic 5x7" pears on 140# watercolor paper. My little guy insisted on putting them in order of the color spectrum :-)
Now on to 100 of the next thing...

07-25-2017, 07:23 AM
Leaving for the Burridge workshop tomorrow. I've been working on 100 varieties of...chickens!

07-25-2017, 12:26 PM
Wow! I love your pears and your chickens too! What a cool accomplishment! They'd look super together on a wall :)

07-25-2017, 03:29 PM
THanks, Amerasu. That's a good idea! Even if I plan to sell them or donate them to fundraisers, I suppose they don't need to be holed up in a closet somewhere!! I'll have to think of way to do that. Or maybe just a wall to do it on!!

07-30-2017, 02:03 PM
I'm starting Day 5 today of a pretty intense Bob Burridge workshop. Here's most of my work so far. I've also been painting and, yes, collaging on my sketchbook covers, pencil box, watercolor bag, etc :-)

08-03-2017, 10:07 PM
Oh wow the workshop progress looks amazing KP! Love all the art you are making! :D

08-07-2017, 01:14 AM
My latest class, one I took with my son yesterday--3-D needle Felting of musk oxen. Ours are the two middle ones in the front row. The class was 1/2 adults & 1/2 kids. The kids did the best work.

08-07-2017, 07:28 PM
Those look super cute! I wish I could find a class nearby to learn needle felting, it always looks fun. :)

08-13-2017, 08:28 PM
I just did something a little scary & crazy yesterday. I submitted a proposal for an exhibition at the International
gallery of Contemporary Art here in anchorage.

Here's a link to the gallery : http://www.igcaalaska.org/

Here's a link to my submitted portfolio: https://goo.gl/photos/zfFMkPyS5RERvfNk8

I also had to submit an artist resume & narrative of the proposed exhibit. I havent needed to do any proposal-style writing for more than 10 years. Some of the process felt really familiar from when I used to write proposals for engineering companies. Some of it, I was TOTALLY out of my league. I don't yet know any of that language like "exploring & pushing the boundaries of contemporary art issues".

I think my biggest hope is that the panel gives me some helpful feedback and encourages me to reapply.

08-14-2017, 02:40 PM
Felt oxen are really cute!

I think your portfolio looks wonderful! It's very painterly and colourful. I think the wine and glasses are my fave. Best of luck with that!

08-25-2017, 04:58 AM
Between getting really motivated at my last Bob Burridge workshop, starting "The Artist's Way" exercises, and getting some feedback from the IGCA gallery manager (see 2 posts previous to this one), I decided to sign up for a university art class!

I am now registered & paid up for ART 105--Beginning Drawing at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). It's an online class, so I'll be spending as much time trying to figure out how to navigate an online class, especially an online ART class, as I spend learning the basics of drawing.

I am *really* excited. If it's like when I took university classes 30 years ago, today was the most exciting day of the semester, when I go buy my class materials. Of course that's all online now, but I'm pretty good at figuring out how to BUY things online. haha. I also justified a trip to Michael's. I actually managed to leave Michael's with just one item.

The pads of paper on the class supply list are HUGE, especially compared to ATCs. Like 18x24". What's that about 45 ATCs? haha. Maybe drawing really large will be good exercise (ie like a physical workout) and I won't need to exercise on the days I draw. haha. That'll free up some time.

08-28-2017, 01:21 AM
2297722976I attended my first live portrait painting session at the local International Gallery of Contemporary Art. Everyone else was painting with oils but I thought I'd start out just sketching. I haven't drawn any faces for a few months. And drawing from lifecreslly adds to the challenge!!

I'm excited for my university Drawing class to start tomorrow!

09-05-2017, 03:46 PM
I actually ended up signing up for Beginning Drawing AND a Color & Design class, both online through University of Alaska. It is so interesting that nowadays, classes like that can be taught completely online. I'm really enjoying them both so far. Pics of some of my first assignments to come...

09-06-2017, 03:51 AM
Here's was one of my assignments for my color class & one for my drawing class. For the drawing, it had to be my hand from life with a 15-minute time limit.

09-09-2017, 03:01 AM
Oops. Forgot to make lo-res photos to attach to the last post. Here are my most recent color class assignments, all about tint, tone, shade, saturation & complementary grays...

09-10-2017, 11:18 PM
neat color studies, glad to see you are enjoying your new classes.

10-01-2017, 11:29 PM
Fun Artist Date (a la Artist's Way exercises) at Barnes & Noble today. Told my son no interaction with mom for 30 min. He worked on his passion project blog for his school project. I love his school. I flipped through books and magazines I would normally not take the time to look through. Found some yummy-sounding Paleo recipes. Drooled in a knitting magazine then put it back in the shelf (just kidding). Ended up buying "Steal Like an Artist" book per a Bob Burridge recommendation & because the little guy said we should. Tough sale. Coincidentally, an artist friend of mine set up a table & started selling her kid books she writes & illustrates. I had to buy a copy of the one I don't have yet. And Alan helped her set up her display.

10-02-2017, 03:42 PM
One of my assignments last week for my drawing class was to draw a Picasso line drawing of Stravinsky upside down. I had so much fun with it that I found a bunch more Picasso line drawings & did more on my own (also drawn upside down)

10-03-2017, 01:16 AM
I had fun weaving one of my color class assignments. We weren't necessarily supposed to weave it, but the teacher wanted us to show tonal, hue, saturation & size progression in two sequences. I used to do that a lot in my weavings, though I didn't necessarily know to call it that, and that's what gave me the idea to weave my color swatches.

10-07-2017, 04:43 AM
I finally got an assignment in my color class to paint some recognizable objects. One had to be a waterglass sitting on colored sheets of paper. The other could be just about anything, using one of our own photos as a reference. The objective was to use solid shapes of color. It feels very pop art to me!

10-07-2017, 04:47 AM
This was my favorite recent drawing class assignment, a contour drawing from life of a shoe or shoes...

10-11-2017, 05:15 PM
Here is one of this week's color class assignments--2 collages as similar as possible except one in prismatic colors & one in the same colors but earth tone versions.

I just officially applied for the degree program...here we go!

10-28-2017, 08:48 PM
I've been having SO much fun with my sketchbook for my drawing class. The prof wants us to sketch from life, fill the page edge to edge, and do 5 a week. Just like requirements for swaps & challenges on iATCs, having a defined "assignment" like that really motivates me!! Some sample sketches to follow...

Oh, and the Spring semester class schedule comes out Monday 10/31/17. I can't WAIT to see what's offered.

01-06-2018, 04:59 PM
My 12-yr old son & I took an acrylic rock painting class over break. Here are my rocks :-)

01-15-2018, 12:22 AM
Beautiful bird rocks! That yellow and blue one is so darn cute!

01-15-2018, 04:07 AM
Thanks! He makes me smile every time I glance at him over there on my bathroom shelf :-)

01-18-2018, 02:05 PM
Wow! Those rocks are so cool! Perfect shape for some birds!

I think I might take up rock painting in the summer and leave some laying around for people to find.

01-18-2018, 04:41 PM
Rapa does that! That's such a cool idea!

02-18-2018, 05:48 AM
Trying to figure out how to post photos more easily...(note to self: from google images on mac, double click, copy image address, & put in IMG brackets or click on the framed picture icon)

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Oh yAY! I figured out how to insert a link from a google album...

02-18-2018, 06:54 AM