Fine Art, however, was always something which I dare not approach too deeply. Whilst I have ideas in my head and the execution is usually done with the aid of sophisticated software, I've never really been engaged enough (especially during the first year of exploring various art mediums) because my impatience will usually see me getting bored before the art piece is even halfway done.
Last week, as part of Singapore Mom Bloggers' 1st Anniversary celebrations, I was presented with an opportunity to go back to basics.
|"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." - Oscar Wilde|
|"Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo Da Vinci|
I love how daylight streamed in through the windows and into the 3 main studios where lessons are held. It gives the whole place an airy feel. Since each studio only held a maximum of 7 students at one time, 14 of us were duly split into two groups.
|"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."|
Henry Ward Beecher
|"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do." - Degas|
|"The beginning is the most important part of the work." - Plato|
We were given Van Gogh's rendition of Sunflowers (a repetition of the 3rd version, Aug 1888) painted in January 1889, while the other class had his original 3rd version as inspiration.
|"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." - Vincent Van Gogh|
Teacher Gaz was always encouraging, and kept on asking us to go with our instincts instead of just 'copying' from the sample provided. Although the Sunflowers were originally painted in yellow hues (to be placed in Gauguin's Yellow Room), Van Gogh painted various versions of it. We were free to pick whatever colour struck our fancy.
Van Gogh's paintings are notable for the bold colours and short, obvious strokes, and it is thought that he preferred to paint impasto (straight from the tube) to achieve the textures and heavy lines as evident in his paintings.
|"If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye."|
Honore de Balzac
|One hour into the session, I've managed the background and the vase. I didn't realise I was almost holding my breath the entire time!|
|A closer look at the short strokes, (almost) Van Gogh style!|
At this point, I took a walk to see how the other class is doing. They 'seem' to be concentrating, too! Look at all the serious faces!
|... except for the one in the photo at the top right hand corner.|
She was also the only one who couldn't finish in time! tsk tsk tsk...
Another hour later... I managed to finish my painting. The acrylic paint used dries quickly, but Teacher Gaz helped us use a hairdryer to hasten the process. He then put a coat of gloss to protect and seal in the paint.
|"Ayoh... these Mums are worse than kids!! They are so cautious!" - Teacher Gaz|
|Lovely ladies with their art pieces!|
(Left: Adeline of The Accidental Mom Blogger, Right: Estella of So Oddly Dreamlike)
Here is my final product. I posted it on Instagram and FB, and the hubs actually messaged me to tell me that we should have it hung on the wall. (That's why I married the dude, see?)
I am not entirely satisfied with it, though. Looks more like Chrysanthemums than Sunflowers to me. Van Gogh would be none too pleased at all.
|"Art doesn't transform. It just forms." - Roy Lichtenstein|
Thanks to Teacher Gaz... who has played such a pivotal role in encouraging our creativity, and help us unleash the inner artist in all of us.
"Every artist, was first an amateur."
HeART Studio offers classes for adults and children from 3 - 12. No age limit for adults! :) Do check out their June holiday programmes to keep little hands (and hearts) happy. Please contact the studio direct for further enquiries.
HeART Studio LLP
101 Soo Chow Walk
Singapore 575385Tel: (65) 6554 7563
Directions by Bus:
Nearest Parking Facilities is at Thomson Plaza. However, arrangements can be made with the school so that staff can assist in drop off.