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.


Maureen said...

Your work and constant learning continues to inspire me. Very funny about getting "too painty." Makes me think of working with kids as a therapist who can't "tolerate messy play." Yep, always have those baby wipes close by!

Wendy Watson said...

We're opposites Roberta: I always get my fingers into whatever I'm doing . . . I guess that's why I'm a maker and not a painter!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

These pieces are so pretty. I especially like the top one on your flicker side bar. I can paint a room without getting a drip on me. I cannot paint on paper for anything. I once took tole classes and just cannot "practice" to make perfect.
Happy Holiday.
xx, Carol