Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pushing Myself to Extremes

I am currently taking an online class called Extreme Composition with Jane Davies.

It is a wonderful class and you couldn't ask for a better teacher in Jane. She even has a blog set up where we post our work and then she (as well as the rest of us) critiques the work. She is kind and yet not afraid to tell you when you are missing the point of the lesson etc. She makes certain that you understand the proper way to speak about the work. For example, she doesn't want you to just say I like this or I don't like this. You need to explain what it is you like and don't like as far as how it relates to the lesson. The lessons come in the form of a downloadable pdf which is well illustrated and well organized. There is also a video where you can watch Jane work on the lesson as well. I love watching Jane work. Her videos are really clear and you can see everything she is doing since they are shot from above. If you are doing videos to teach something this is very important. SHOOT FROM ABOVE! Believe it or not there are some classes out there that are not shot this way!

So anyway, this first lesson is about line. I have always worked with line but not in this way. Here we had to lay the paint in first and then add the line letting the line flow around and among the shapes . I found this to be so freeing! What a concept! Without further ado here are my practice pieces for lesson #1. These are all acrylic on paper with the addition of my newest addicting art supply, the white Signo Gel Pen. How I love this pen!








7 comments:

Cathy Farrell said...

Great work! I took this class with Jane last year but got sidetracked by other commitments. I'd love to take it again!

Connie Rose said...

I love what you're doing here. Saw them on the class blog. Great colors and very interesting line work!

Quinn said...

Great work--and absolutely worth pushing yourself if this is the result!

JenHoney said...

Lovely pieces! I particularly like the first 2.

Paper rainbow said...

My Goodness Roberta! This must be a great course as I just LOVE what you have done this week! Absolutely beautiful!

Wendy @ the Late Start Studio said...

Thanks for sharing the results and theme of the class. Trying new things always pays dividends in some form and the results show! I'm particularly attracted to the final image. Something to do with the contrasting lines on the right and the maze on the left?

Michèle Brown said...

Lovely to connect with you outside of the class ! And to see some of your work too...