“My last art course was in grade 9 and I loved it, but choose the sensible science path for the next 35 years. Now I am ready to start and enjoy what my daughters enjoy so much: making art. This is my first attempt on a still life and my first renewed experience since grade school with crayons.
I am so happy to have stumbled across this website while looking for art instruction. I learned a lot from this course, but also from the critiques I have been viewing. Yet in my eagerness to get started, I made my first mistake. I didn’t have the lighting sorted out. When I set up my things it looked all good, I was aware the light was coming from 2 places (natural light above-behind and left) but I liked the shades I got. Then when I was half way done, I really started regretting not having set this up in the spare bedroom with a spotlight from one side, as I was running into difficulties with the shading.
I have learned that I am too much a nit picker, I can’t seem to let go freely, so I might want to work on that. I also would want to keep in mind to work on everything a bit, and then go more and more detailed, as Prof Lieu had explained in the course. It wasn’t until it was too late that I found the right hand side too empty. I struggled the most with the shawl and the least with the hat.