Went to my first ever painting class last week. I had registered on a whim, so when the first day of class arrived, i was seriously jittery. what if everyone else knows exactly what they are doing, they discover I don't? As I confessed to my sister, I can't paint shit. (The accomplished artist that she is, she told me its quite easy, just paint a suspicious blob in burnt sienna.. )
So anyway, i went to this class, and for the first time EVER, I felt like I was in another country. In so many years of being in the us, it was probably my first time being the only person in the room with non-American parents. And the first time being the only non white person in a room. It was like I had walked into a weird scene in desperate housewives.. and there was a doctor there too. His name wasn't Rex, so he's probably going to be around for a while. :) Of course, people had trouble pronouncing my name, and of course, I rolled the R more severely than necessary, just for kicks. But finally we settled on sqrl, the way Americans say it. After all, I don't really swallow the Rs in their names, so why should I expect them to roll the one in mine. RRRRRight?
The instructor was the cutest grandma, and grandmas are cute everywhere, even if they are the meanest little grandmas. But this lady was cuter than MY grandma. ( who incidentally was a teacher herself..hmm..) She put the newbies at ease, and gave us a quick run through of what supplies we'll need to get based on what our preferences are ( traditional oils, water mixables, acrylics). I've chosen water mixables, because apparently, they are more forgiving than acrylics, but less messy than traditional oils. And we were also told to look out for coupons in the papers for art supplies. otherwise this is going to be an expensive affair indeed.
And she told us to get a scene we'd like to paint. The first one, for starters has to be a simple one, with some water or sky, some grass and maybe a tree. So I am thinking of taking this one below. Even for future projects, I am thinking of taking my own photographs.
And yeah, she also told us what paints to get. The primaries, a white and a brown. I am thinking of taking burnt sienna to paint a suspicious blob in the grass we're going to paint.