I did a demonstration yesterday at Opus Victoria in Oils. I described the process of working from a photograph for landscapes. Photographs can be difficult to work from. It is easy to get caught up with detail. We talked about simplifying the image into shapes to create an interesting composition using thumbnails to start. This can save you a lot of grief later on, especially when you are just learning to paint. The planning stage can be just as in important as the painting stage. I also talked about painting often and small. It is easier to take risks and try something new when you work small, and of course every time your brush hits the canvas you learn something new. Just show up, and see what happens!
Jessica is finding a balance between being a mum of two beautiful children, being an educator, and pursuing her passion for visual art. Her children provide constant inspiration and have taught Jessica to slow down and look at the flowers along the way, as well as the mud, sticks and fallen leaves. Somehow her pockets are always full when she gets home.