There were many days where Johannes and I would dress up and make costumes and props including a ship out of a big box. Dressing up as pirates was certainly a favourite one to do. It was only natural that I should choose my brother to be the young hero, Jim Hawkins. At the beginning of the story, Jim gets wrapped up in a quest to find a hidden treasure as a cabin boy. He sets out on a journey which becomes more involved than he thought, but learns a lot about trust and his purpose for this voyage. My brother was going through a similar stage in life when he graduated from high school and deciding what his next step in life would be. He has had the opportunity to travel on his own and discover what he might do in the near future.
I am now taking my love of portrait drawing a step further by painting portraits with oil paint! For our last painting project at North Greenville we got to work on painting each other! It was a lot of fun. I was curious to see how I would be able to paint people, as well as draw them. We started out by doing a sort of “underpainting” where we covered the entire canvas with a dark brown tone and wiped away the highlights. You can see what it looked like in the one I did of my classmate at the bottom. For our out of class project we did a 3/4 view of our sitter, and so I chose to paint my brother. He sat very patiently as he read a book. 😉
At North Greenville, for our landscape project we were able to go outside and paint en plein air. It was a lot of fun. We used mainly our palette knife to first mix the colours and then apply them straight onto the canvas. In this excercise we wanted to actually show texture and brush strokes, which also gave it a rather impressionistic approach.
One of the classes I’m taking this semester at North Greenville University is Painting I, where we’re painting still lifes in oil. In our first project we were learning about value by painting white objects in front of a black background. The painting of the shapes was the one I worked on in class, and the bird one I did out of class. This is the first time I’ve used oil paint. I’m really enjoying it.