Landscape Class at Woodmere – Five

Over six weeks in June-July 2021 I attended an in-person landscape painting class at Woodmere Art Museum. We met each Friday for 3 hours and painted a scene from somewhere on the grounds.

Here’s another painting from the class for you to see.

Thank you to Marta, our instructor, and to all my classmates for a great experience.

In our fifth session I had a breakthrough – I came to the class with an idea of where and what I wanted to paint. I had been attracted to the rows of young sycamore trees in the parking lot. I liked their neat shapes and how they looked, arrayed in ranks.

Here is the result: Woodmere Landscape Five A, 18 x 24, acrylics on Masonite.

Woodmere Landscape Five A

To make the mottled background areas of the parking lot I used a brayer to roll random colors on the whole surface. What you see is what’s left after I used other colors to depict the various elements of the scene.

I worked pretty quickly and finished this one early. I was tired so I sat down on my little folding stool. My eye was caught by the Victorian tower of the museum, which is housed in a former mansion made of gray stone. I quickly sketch-painted this small view. It’s 14″ x 11″, Woodmere Landscape Five B, acrylics on Masonite.

Woodmere Landscae Five B

13 thoughts on “Landscape Class at Woodmere – Five

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. In this image I felt I had finally gotten into my stride. No surprise the scene included a car and parking lot, I guess. I just need the manmade to spark my paintbrush, I guess…

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I felt lost when the teacher described landscape as having no manmade things in it, and I think my earlier work reflected it. When I stepped away from that exact defininition, then I was happier inside myself as I worked. There is certainly a lesson here in that for me.

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