I’m taking a class at the Indianapolis Art Center in an effort to expand my range painting styles. The instructor is Mary Kathryn Massey. She teaches a style of oil painting that emphasizes mass rather than line, paint quality as in the texture, shape and gesture of the brush stokes. Very much the opposite of the thin, canvas staining style of oil painting I’ve been using since I moved from the airbrush to the bristle brush.
Moving beyond what is comfortable and works is always a painful process but I hope to take things from the teachings of Ms. Massey and add them to what I already use effectively and make my paintings better. This is my first effort from the class.
Certainly not great but it’s not as bad as it could have been. I got distracted by the drapery behind the set up thinking that I had to capture every fold and nuance of the cloth when in actuality it was only there to provide a middle tone background to set off the tonal changes of the objects. I have a lot to unlearn.
Mary is an excellent teacher. Patient with the students yet requiring us to focus while we are in the classroom environment. Unfortunately the Art Center makes that a bit difficult in the way the studio rooms are arranged. The room we are in has a common entrance with the studio next door and no way to close off the noise and distractions from that direction. Not all the instructors are as concerned with providing quiet surroundings for their students. I’m hoping to find the time between classes to do practice still life paintings but as yet I have not been able to do that. I’m trying to build my caricature business and that takes time.