I wasn't as prepared as I should have been and didn't have any canvases with me but I took some melomine panels which I had gessoed white. I did take my paint and lots of subject matter. It appeared that I was the only one who was new to the class as everyone else knew each other. That has a way of making one feel a little awkward but everyone was very welcoming. All the other students already has something on the go so I had to decide what I would paint.
When the teacher saw my panel she handed me a bottle of black gesso and told me to cover the panel in it. I have never painted on a black background and was worried the paint would not cover it. The teacher said it would be a fun experience. Well, you can't argue with the teacher so I obeyed.
I decided to start on something fairly uncomplicated and had a photo of fall leaves that I figured I could do fairly quickly. It turns out I didn't have the right colours of paint with me so I was given a list of supplies to get. I used what I had and borrowed a little white paint and I found that my colours were pretty good. I was told never to use black paint as it would make the teacher angry. Instead I was to mix my own blacks with other colours which is already a practice I have whether in watercolour or acrylic. Whew!
I was able to block in the colours of my painting while I was in class (class is only 2 1/2 hours long). My plan was to do some more work on the painting today and I hope to get to it after posting this blog. I have also decided to put my art quilt on hold while I take this class so I can give as much attention to the painting as I can. The course is 8 weeks.
My drawing on black gessoed panel
Leaf colours blocked in