Today was the final class. I painted until around 2:30pm and decided I was done. My brain couldn’t process any more and I didn’t feel I could do any more to improve. I wasn’t super happy with the painting, and I didn’t really know how to make it better. And that is where the beauty of this class came into play. I asked Nick to come over and give me his analysis.
He had me squint a lot and then look at the model and my painting. He asked me to look at certain areas while squinting and compare them to other areas. I was able to see that I had not pushed many shadow spots dark enough. He also had me analyze certain color regions in comparison to other areas between my painting and the model. I was able to see that I had neglected to cool down some parts and warm up other parts.
When he was done I truly felt I had learned some very important lessons. I feel like from here on out my paintings are going to be better.
It took awhile to clean up, then I packed my suitcase, grabbed my painting, and walked back to the hotel. I doubt it will be dry by tomorrow. Maria gave ma a plastic bag to put it in. I don’t expect it to fare well in my suitcase tomorrow, but that’s okay – I’m not attached to it. This painting was more about the experience.
I’m tired, I feel run down. Time for food and bed. I figure I better set out on foot about 8:30am tomorrow to get to the light rail station in time to get to the airport.