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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Painting Lizzie, Round One!

I know I mentioned my Lizzie-painting class in a couple of posts but I thought I'd take a closer look, especially to give a shout out to East Lansing's Grove Gallery and it's terrific classes and teachers. IF you are in the mid-Michigan area and looking for art classes, Grove's are reasonably priced, well taught (I've never been disappointed) and usually have no more than 6-8 people, which makes it very easy to get instructor feedback and get to know your fellow classmates! This was the "Paint Your Pet in Watercolor class."


Instructor Michelle Detering is a wonderful artist who brings color and personality to her animal portraits. She's also a good teacher, walking us through the various steps.


Michelle gave us each a sketch of our pet from photos we sent her and a watercolor pan, brush and plenty of water! Then we were on our own! Well, not entirely! Like any good teacher, she was available with answers to questions, ideas and encouragement.


Our group of six was very involved, focusing on our work. Now and then, Michelle would hold up someone's piece with a matte and from a distance, which provides a bit of a better look.


For our project, we used 300 pound cold press watercolor paper. She also demonstrated using alcohol and salt for effects.

 

All in all, it was a spectacular three hours with lots learned and more with which I'll experiment. I'm not sure anyone in our group really wanted to leave!

 

And how did Lizzie turn out?


Well, you tell me!


There's more than a little room for improvement -- it's definitely her, but I need to focus on technique and personality. I definitely won't rival my cousin Patty in the pet painting department -- but I intend to give her a run for her money!

20 comments:

Sue Silva said...

It's fabulous!

Joanne Huffman said...

Extremely cool!

Lynne said...

WONDERFUL . . .
Looks like a great class and instruction . . .
You go girl . . .

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I love it! Her personality really shines through in your painting!

Barb said...

You always sign up for such fun courses. Of course, the final judge would be Lizzie, but I say you've captured her in watercolor!

Lynda Shoup said...

Wow! I love this painting.I'm so inspired!

Thanks for sharing the tip about holding up a mat to the painting. I never thought of doing that, but it sounds like it would be a great way to vet your work.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

You did a great job! What a fun class. I love the mix of ages too. Everyone having a good time creating.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh what a great class and your painting looks terrific. IT looks like a fun class to be in and the teacher really knows her stuff.

Looking forward to seeing more paintings from you.

Hugs,
Mary

Bella Rum said...

I luv her. Adorable!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was glad you shared the class with us, because it was a bit brief introduction before. I thought you did an excellent job and really enjoyed seeing the class, the participants, the teacher, and the comradery that can only be shared among like minded individuals.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think your watercolor of Lizzie is beautiful! That is awesome that the instructor provided a sketch based on the photo you had sent of Lizzie. That way you can really focus on the painting aspect and not have to try to also draw her at the same time. This sounds like such a neat class!

The French Hutch said...

I know how you enjoy these art classes, it's very evident with that happy face. Lizzie looks like Lizzie so I think you did a great job in your class!
Happy Day….

Katie Clooney said...

I think the portrait is beautiful. You really caught her essence in her beautiful eyes.You can tell how much you are enjoying art class by your big smile. Have a wonderful week.

Daniela said...

You depicted your Lizzie so wonderfully, my dearest Jeanie, I'm sure she's proud of you and of the portrait you made !
I wonder how involving and enthralling your lessons are ... oh, how I'd love to be sat side by side with you, my sweet friend, I love to paint such a lot and once, when I had much more spare time, I was used to do it with so much amusement !

Enjoy the remainder of your week, darling,
sending blessings to you

Dany

Wandering Wren said...

Wow, Jeanie, you're the bees knees! I love your Lizzie I think I'll have to commission you for the Crazy Poodle!! What a wonderful class I can see why no-one would want to leave!
It's been fun having you on my virtual bus tour - thanks for joining us!!
Wren x

Marilyn Miller said...

How I wish I could take this class with you. What fun! You did a great job.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Jeanie, you are so good! Cats are not easy to draw, let alone PAINT! Isn't it fun to be part of a group with mutual interests? We just love our poetry group and I remember when my parents took painting classes. They loved it.

CARRY ON! (has spring happened for you yet? The forsythia is in bloom now here!)

shoreacres said...

I agree -- it does look like Lizzie, and you clearly had a wonderful time painting her. Classes like this are so much fun. I confess that when I see you posting things like this, it takes me straight back to our summer craft camps. You're far beyond our popsicle stick napkin holders, but the fun? It's just the same.

Sally Wessely said...

What an awesome experience this class must have been. I love the finished portrait. I think you did a fabulous job.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

You did so well Jeanie!
Southern Exposure looks like a wonderful venue for artists.
Have fun!
Hugs
Shane

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