I'm currently taking a figure painting class throughout the C Gallery in Los Alamos. This week we had our class at the teacher's house up in the rolling hills of Los Alamos. We couldn't of asked for a more beautiful day. The rustic italian/spanish house sits atop a hill which then over looks more hills covered by vineyards, mustard, and cows. Its a home for the sophisticated cowboy.
Back to class. For the first time ever, I'm working on a huge canvas. Its probably at least 4.5 feet by 4 feet. I can just barely carry it. And I'm also tackling overlapping figures. Why? Well why not? I have a feeling this painting will take me many hours to complete and will most likely go through many transformations. I've learned that skin tones look really great behind a blue wash, and that i prefer to use a rag to paint with rather than a brush.
For this painting I was thinking about light vs. dark, life vs. death. in terns of being a Christian. Who we are before we know the Lord, and who we are and the life we have after we have began a relationship with Him. I envisioned the top half to be the "light" and the bottom half to be the "dark." The bottom half has a broken, fractured person, the one on top is whole, complete. I will bring in other elements later (rocks, water, light). I am excited to see where this will go.
After class we took a cruise in the ranch mobile and began looking for places to do landscape painting. I won't attend that class, i just went for the ride.