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.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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