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.

Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. 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.