Last week I started the Spring semester at College of Marin. This semester I am taking two classes: Art 105: Contemporary Art History and Painting I. The first class is art history from 1980 to Present. Painting I is a multilevel class comprised of Painting I-IV.
Our first assignment was brushstroke practice painting by taking pieces of Van Gogh paintings and trying to replicate those areas of the paintings. I started out taking a portion of Van Gogh's The Gardener and focusing on the eye. Then I went to class and oddly forgot my painting artbin, So I had to beg and borrow paints and brushes. In class, I painted from Van Gogh's The Moth with the limited paint and paint colors. I returned home, looked up the paint colors Van Gogh used and got to work in creating a unified singular piece adding sunflowers and adding more Van Gogh specific colors.
One of the Van Gogh colors is a color I have always loved -- Prussian Blue. I am happy I have a good amount of it because it is a beautiful color and it over-performed for this painting making everything better especially the greens.
This was a fun assignment.
During winter break, we had some incredibly weird weather that included a cyclonic atmospheric river and this is my visualization of what an atmospheric river looks like. Atmospheric rivers are these long and narrow weather system that delivers a lot of moisture. That moisture is the key to all life after living through an extreme three-year drought and gut-wrenching years of mega wildfires. This is an 18x24 acrylic painting. I painted this in the midst of this crazy winter and who knows what the next winter might bring.