Last week was the final class time for the Landscape Painting. After something like 5 weeks this painting is still not going anywhere I like so I'm going to leave it for a while and see if motivation to finish it finds me later.
Today we started some exercises in painting techniques, beginning with Grisaille which simply put is painting in monochrome. We were asked to bring to class a small sculptural object to draw from. Most brought wooden carvings of animals and tribal figures but I don't own anything like that, so I took my torch. Wet looked at examples of renaissance and earlier Italian paintings where Grisaille was employed as a visual trick to give the impression of sculpture or as under painting which was later covered in coloured glazes (which apparently is the destiny of this painting). I spent the next 45 minutes painting my torch (the one on the right) and stated packing up but was urged to use the brief time left to do it again, QUICKLY! I'd run out of the special grey I'd mixed from all the colours of the rainbow (black from a tube is a no no) so instead I used blue. It looks crappy but it was fun.