Friday, May 26, 2017
A few weeks ago I began a class with Dar James called "Stained Glass Trees". It was a great class but I was unable to complete it due to my dad's passing.
I did, however download all the videos. That is the nice thing about Carla Sonheim's classes. Once you sign up for them they are there for you to view forever. In fact, I always look for that feature in other classes since I can't always complete these classes in the time allotted.
Dar is a fantastic teacher. In fact she is one of the best teachers I have had so far in all my online classes. She is really informative and generous with her knowledge as well as what supplies she uses, paint brands etc.
When I signed up for the class I knew that I didn't want to paint trees but I wanted to learn the techniques she uses for these trees in my own art. That is what I did in the above painting. My biggest takeaway from her class was the creation of the under painting. Something I have never been very good at. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps it is due to my watercolor background where an underpainting would not be a good thing. Other than a very light wash that is.
So I am still in the process of taking her class. There are many videos all chock full of important info.
The only thing I am not a fan of is the way she paints with her bare fingers. I just cannot bring myself to get all painty. In fact I keep baby wipes on my table and use then often! So I use gloves when I put the paint on the first layer and it works out just fine.