Simple FiguresOften I will have my students choose a theme/topic/subject and work on it for several weeks. They will work through the whole process of being inspired by a theme, keeping their eyes open for their theme, sketching, working out the composition, planning the value pattern, and then, finally, getting right down to it and doing the painting. By the time they get to the painting, they are pretty inspired, have a plan, and it comes together pretty easily.
In my post of November 28th, I mentioned a few themes. This week was the beginning of a new eight-week session, and I handed out a list of ideas or thought starters. I don't want to bore you with the whole list, so here's the short version:
Light and shadow
Every view from your porch
Tea, coffee, cups, pots, mugs, cafes
Chairs of all kinds
Food and anything to do with food
A few of the students have chosen to do portraits, some figures, one is doing "things around my house", another is doing "portals" such as doors, windows, gates, and another is doing landscapes. Several are still undecided, but I'm sure once they start looking around and thinking about the possibilities, they'll have trouble narrowing it down.
This is more fun and more personal than painting still lifes all winter that I set up for them.
Wow - I made it through November blogging every day, and here it is December 1st. Of course I'll keep blogging - don't think I'm going to keep quiet - but I really don't have anything interesting enough to blog every day. Thanks for putting up with me throughout November.