My first oil painting class with Lee Hartman at University Arts

This first class I purchased my first set of art supplies and painted the foundation of my two pear pieces.

Oil Painting Class - Lesson 1 - Pears

Oil Painting Class - Lesson 1 - Pears

If you have been following me on my twitter feed (@lonikaostark), you would know that this past Friday, I signed up for oil painting lessons at the local San Jose University Arts location with artist Lee Hartman. Today was my first lesson where I started two pear paintings on 5″x5″ canvas.

The good news is that Lee Hartman, the art instructor, did not kick me out of the class and in fact I think she was somewhat pleased with the progress I made in my very first lesson. It will be a while before I tackle a 4’x4′ oil painting, but I don’t think it is an unrealistic goal.

This first class I purchased my first set of art supplies and painted the foundation of my two pear pieces. Next week, I will add another layer to these paintings to bring out more detail and structure.

I did tell Lee I never painted before which is a bit of a lie since I had a couple of lessons in high school art class. However, that was so many years ago that I thought it was best to under-represent.

This oil painting experience is so much nicer than what I recall from high school because of the quality of the materials I purchased. It reminded me of my camping trip to Alaska where I went to REI and bought top-of-the-line camping equipment. The camping trip was incredibly enjoyable compared to the trips I made with mediocre camping equipment.

The tools do not make a great master painter, but it sure helps make the experience more enjoyable. Until next week dear reader.

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Loni Stark
Loni Stark is a self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker, and yet is also passionate about technology’s impact on business and creativity. She's the host of our Stark Insider video features. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite. Loni's story...
  • Jane Lurie

    Loni, all you have to do is invent a flying machine and we will have to start calling you Ms da Vinci

  • Thanks Jane for the encouragement. This is a weekly class and I intend to stick with it for at least a year and see where I get.

    I have already imagined myself painting in the tower of our Casa del Lagarto Azul. Clint rolls his eyes :-).

  • Jane Lurie

    I look forward to seeing you up there as I ride by on my bike.

  • Leslie Green

    Loni — How fun this looks, and you have natural talent! It makes me want to join you. I have always wanted to paint in my "retirement" which I am hoping will be in Loreto Bay at least half the year. Wouldn't it be great to have art classes there!

  • Thanks Leslie for the words of encouragement.

    Last class was a lot of fun and it is so exciting to seize the moment and jump in. I think you should go for it!

    I do think the Baja landscape would offer an immense amount of inspiration.