Friday, October 9, 2015

Keep on learning

My still life acrylic paint exercise in tone and self portrait painted in oils
Studio in Fitzroy showing the work of Adriane Strampp
My Morandi inspired still life
Self portrait working from a reference by Anne-Sophie Tschiegg

Adriane's work bench in the Fitzroy Studio
Detail of my self portrait in acrylic paint.
Beautiful Fitzroy Studio
Although I am fairly comfortable with a pen or pencil in my hand, I get a little scared and a little nervous when I hold a paint brush.  I did my training in a commercial art environment, I studied graphic design many moons ago and later on trained in illustration and drawing.  I have pretty much taught myself any skills I have picked up, when it comes to the fine arts.

With all that in mind I decided to have a go at learning a little more about painting. Once a week I have been going to a painting course in Fitzroy through www.fitzroypainting.com run by Adriane Stramp. The environment is wonderful - a big, beautiful old studio at the top of winding stairs in an Edwardian building on Brunswick Street,  in Melbourne. So far I have learnt so much about mixing paints, colour themes, tones and shades. I have had a go at painting a few still life set ups and a self portrait in acrylic and for the next chapter I think I am going to learn to work in oils which feels so far out of my comfort zone but I am loving it! Learning is so exciting.