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We have so many students at the VAA who dedicate all their time to improving their painting skills with the Apprentice Program. Each month I am going to share some of their paintings so you can see the wonderful work they are producing.
Here are a some recent paintings by some of our Virtual Art Academy students that I have selected this month to share with you. As you can see, you can paint in a variety of styles from realistic to abstract, and use oils, acrylics, or watercolors.
Congratulations to Vera (apples and vase) Denise (onion and flowers), Mae (Hurricane Irma), Kiffin (lemons still life), Deborah (red mountains), Donald (red cliffs ocean, and pond reflections), Bob (reflections and people on shore).
The way you apply the paint to your painting is important. For example, paint your darks using thin paint and your lights using thicker paint. By keeping your dark areas thin you prevent light from bouncing off the paint surface and drawing attention to itself when you don't want it to. On the other hand, thick paint in the lights helps give the lights more luminosity and enhances the painting. You can see in one of our student's paintings, they have managed to keep the darks thin and the lights thicker to create the detail.
One of our students summary painting project for workshop E:
This is a nice project showing a very carefully thought out notan, and a final painting that has an interesting complementary color harmony, with an interesting set of shapes with good shape distinction. Note the interesting negative shape formed by the roofs and the sky.
The cooler colors in the background give the painting atmospheric perspective, as well as the accurate use of vanishing points. The bottom of the walls of the houses on the street provide the baselines.
Barry’s Virtual Art Academy student, Meng Qing Sheng, just held his second major national exhibition in Xian, China, home to the famous terracotta warriors. The exhibition was a tremendous success and attracted a lot of attention, with Meng selling 20 paintings during the exhibition.
Meng has been studying with Barry and the lessons in the Virtual Art Academy for four years now. He is a very hard worker, and credits his enthusiasm for painting to Barry’s ideas on concept and design, and his capacity for hard work.
You can see more paintings by Meng Qing Sheng that he painted plein air in the Xinjiang region of China on the VAA website (https://www.virtualartacademy.com/meng-qing-sheng-xian-exhibition-2019/).
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