On Wednesday, Carol painted a demo of eggs.
This was her set up.
This is her finished drawing. Again, notice that she completed the ellipse outside the canvas.
This is the finished painting. Not the best photo because I took it indoors with a flash. The photo doesn't capture the wonderful glow of the golden shadows cast through the eggs.
After Carol's demo and lesson, she put us to work with some ten minute exercises. A lot of us painted apples, which warmed under our lights, and soon the studio was filled with a wonderful apple fragrance.
My first set of exercises I used too large a canvas, so for the second attempt, I taped off four inch squares on a canvas board. Even at that size, I never had time to finish the background. On my first apple I used white to try to capture the reflected light, and it looks rather pink. Carol recommended I use yellow to lighten the apple, and I like that a lot better. Here are my apples:
After lunch I was hating those apples, so I switched to lemons. We were supposed to try to lay down a stroke without blending. My first lemon is totally blended. When Carol told me the second one still looked blended, I laughed and told her "that's my chunky". I always have great plans to paint loose, but what comes out of my brain is something else.
After Carol's beautiful egg painting, the next day we all switched to trying to paint eggs!