The last couple of days have been busy with birthday parties, Mayo Clinic visits, house keeping, and back to school shopping, so I haven’t had much time for home projects or for posting here on the blog! I thought I would pop in, though, just to give an update on my oil painting.
I started oil painting last September and the journey has been such a gift to my creative soul. I don’t paint with any grand aspirations. I paint because I love it and I’m thoroughly enjoying the progress I am seeing in my work. The excitement at the visible progress keeps me coming back for more. I still have so far to go, but I am “getting it” more and more with each painting and book and tutorial.
I decided a few months ago that I would like to further nurture this new love and take an art class at the local college. As open registration for the fall semester neared, though, I became unsettled with this idea. Could I really commit that kind of time away from family and my work? What if they just had me drawing bowling balls and wine bottles and other obligatory beginning still life objects for an entire semester? I know there is a reason behind those exercises, but I also know I wouldn’t enjoy it.
About the time I was mulling all of this over, I saw that one of my favorite online artists and teachers, Jessica Henry, was offering a full classical impressionist online art education online – Renaissance Academy of Fine Art (RAFA for short). It’s a three year program with eight modules each year covering drawing, watercolor, inking, and oils. You can sign up for a year at a time or just individual classes. I opted to take the entire first year and it’s been so valuable that I plan to continue.
If you’re interested in pursuing art, it’s a wonderful program that you can do at your own pace and in your own home. Even though the work is independent, I have enjoyed the RAFA community, where I can share our work with other students and receive critiques from Jessica on how to make my work stronger.
You can get more information about this program and received a free painting video tutorial HERE.
And, speaking of oil paintings, I’ve been on a roll lately and listed my largest collection of paintings for sale this week. I really love a few of these, so they were hard to sell, but I want to send them out in the world, so I can create even more. These are the ones listed for sale…
I am selling them auction-style again, so everyone who’s interested has a crack at them and also so I don’t have to struggle with pricing my work! You can bid on the landscapes HERE and the still life paintings HERE.
Disclosure: The links in this post for RAFA are affiliate links, which means I receive a small “referral bonus” if you sign up for a class or the program. I am a full-paying student, though, and would be sharing it even if I didn’t profit from it!