Wow, that wharf painting is gorgeous! It's so subtle, but it's solid too.
Amber, good luck with learning portraiture. The majority of what I've sold has been portraits, and I know that it is a lot of hard work even at my low level. There are so many decisions to make,
Thank you for your reply, Pat. Teaching sounds like so much fun, partly because you get to explore so many different things. I'm so glad you enjoyed your teaching experience, as so many teachers seem not to...
Sometimes I think if I had some solid technical
instruction, a lot would fall into place for me. Unfortunately, other than that SAS class I mentioned early, all of my art instructors have commented that I paint/render better than they do.
And I'm so slapdash, just sweating it out until it looks somewhat right. It's largely technique, I feel, that holds me back from being able to paint (in any medium) the way I'm yearning to. No matter what I try, I seem to end up with flat, inept, semi-realist stuff that verges on cartoonish.
I hope this isn't too off-topic, but as far as fine art, I am most attracted to very atmospheric work like this: http://www.sophiejodoin.com/
but I haven't the faintest idea how to go about something similar! I can tell it's about edges and texture, and the underlying drawings must be very accurate, but after that? Not a clue. But she paints how I feel, only I'd like to tackle some more complex subjects with that sort of handling. In oil pastel or whatever. If anybody has any ideas, let me know.