Recently I signed up for another workshop at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. This one was a painting knife class. For those of you who are fans of Bob Ross you'll be familiar with some of the effects he got from using painting knives occasionally on his show. While I have painted with oils before I had never used a painting knife - not to be confused with a palette knife. (The difference is in the handle; painting knives have a bent handle to allow space for your k
Not long ago I posted about taking a class in painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts. You may remember from those posts that there was a final still life I was working on that I never got to finish in class. Before we left, our instructor encouraged us to enter a piece from what we had worked on in the PAFA Continuing Education Programs Annual Student Exhibition over the summer. At the time I wasn't sure if I wanted to try to
Today was the second day of my gouache class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Because the weather wasn't as sunny and warm today we continued painting from still life set ups instead of going outdoors. I was kind of bummed, but at least I got to finish off the second still life from yesterday. As you can see from the first two pictures, I had started off with just simple color blocking and then gradually built up the layers until I got to the final
Today I spent the day in Philadelphia taking a class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, learning how to use a type of paint called gouache (pronounced like "gwash," rhymes with squash). This is the second class I've taken at the Academy, the first being one on encaustics. If you've never heard of gouache don't feel bad, I hadn't either until I was in college. I had run out of white oil paint and found this strangely named stuff in the school store so I tried it out..
This weekend I had the awesome opportunity to take a class at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. It was a class on painting with encaustics. For those of you who may not know what encaustics is, it's an ancient form of painting that uses wax and dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Although there are various ways in which to use encaustics, we learned how to create our "paint" from scratch along with using pigment blocks. To creat