Another Painting Class, Session 2: Painting 1

In February/March I took an online painting class at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA. The class was called BLENDING ABSTRACTION AND REPRESENTATION, and over 5 sessions our class explored the continuum between these two endpoints of a line. This set of classes is a continuation of the previous group with the same teacher and the same group of students.

The class was structured so that we worked on our individual artworks in our home studios while participating in discussions and vewing demonstrations by the teacher. I did quite a bit of work and I’ll be showing them to you over a few posts.

Thanks to my instructor, Lesa Chittenden Lim, and my classmates, for a good experience.

In this set of sessions, I did some paintings and also added work to my various sketchbooks. Eventually the sketchbook works will be posted with their companion pages when I do the books, but I’ll show individual works right now.

Here’s a painting I did. It’s called “Avalon”, and it is 20″ x 16″, done with acrylics and acrylic paint markers.

Many years ago I visited Avalon, NJ, as the guest of my Philadelphia-area landlord at their shore home. While there some friends stopped by to see me. We are the threesome in the chairs (I am on the left, if you want to know). I don’t know who the guys are in the sand behind us.

11 thoughts on “Another Painting Class, Session 2: Painting 1

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The colour and the texture of the sand is perfect. Even if I had not known that the seated trio represented you and your friends, I felt the sense of them being deep in conversation. The prone chap in the background looks like he might be coming down with sun stroke.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I worked on the sand for a long time and I feel I finally was happy with it, but it certainly was a struggle. Either too much detail or not enough. This picture represents a time in my life a long time ago, and I really enjoyed revisiting the memories.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I struggled to get this part right. There was a lot of beach and in the beginning, ugh, what a mess, but after some time it came together.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. There is a whole mystique in our area about going to the New Jersey shore, it’s only an hour and a half away, and people have summer rituals built around it. Not being from the area originally I did not have these feelings and it was all new to me. I have many memories of visits to the shore now and this is one from way back…

  2. Robin King

    Oh,WONDERFUL! First, that class sounds terrific. Looking forward to seeing more of what you did. Second, I β™₯️ how you’ve made me feel the heat off the sand AND the cool breeze off the water. I miss being able to “go down the shore” sooo much – this made me feel like I was there. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have always liked being at the beach and I am also hoping for a little trip to the ocean maybe this summer. This picture maybe reveals that feeling!

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