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07 November, 2012

By The Seaside With Pride

Finally I'm able to indulge my love of art by taking some wonderful on-line oil painting lessons with Rod Moore from Moore Arts School.  Rod's an Australian artist who is a wonderful teacher, very patient and fun to work with.  I'm having a great time watching him paint and learning some of the basic beginners painting techniques ~ this past month is the first time I've ever used oil paints [except for two face-to-face classes I've taken with Rod this year].

I love the ocean so what better way to celebrate my new found freedom and yearning for art, than learning to paint seascapes.  I'm totally over the moon with some of my work yet and others will not see the light of day.  Here's one of four efforts that I'm comfortable to put on show.  Who would have thought 'waves' could be so challenging?  Not me, until now that is.

As for 'people in the distant' dare I show my efforts there?

Well, yes I must because I'm learning and I have to be brave and show the good and the bad.  The figure in the front of this painting below looks like she's going to the Melbourne Cup races not frolicking on the beach, but that's how it turned out.  Oh well, I've still got a ways to go with 'figures in the distant'.  There's a couple more painting completed but only my teacher is going to see them.

So; four paintings completed and I'm guessing maybe ninety-six to go before I have something to hang on the wall.  That's a lot of canvas.  Thank goodness I discovered Gesso the great cover-up.

Thanks for visiting my humble blog.


  1. I enjoy the beach and ocean views, so I'm going to say you are mad to think of covering with gesso. Enjoy yourself and Rod's lessons.

  2. Well! Whatever you do - don't use gesso to cover either of these!!! I especially love the second painting. What you have not mentioned is the light. You really captured the light. Not easy! Harder than waves!! Some people have the ability but i don't believe it can be learned. Your photography has served you well in this regard.

    Keep up your new passion, my friend.

  3. Great start to your career as a painter, Chris!

  4. Hello Chris, I really enjoyed seeing your paintings both of them have a beautiful calmness and that essence of being at the seaside. I love your skies and the birds too.
    I agree with the others, don't paint something over them (if that's what you mean about the gesso). They're your work and you're developing your own style and you deserve to feel so proud :D)

  5. fyi, I'm back! love,andrea

  6. Chris! So neat! I'm sure it was a Christincidence. I was so happy to hear from you. Your paintings are beautiful! The sea is such a nice subject. You sure are active in learning the arts! As much as I lie tolkien, (mostly because he is a good author to give my kids to read growing up) it was hard to sit through 3 hours of legs were cramping up! I tried to get my husband to take my daughter, but he wouldn't, so I had to! ha.

  7. I love your pictures and your plans for retirement! I think I like the 2nd picture best, but it is a toss-up. You did a great job painting the ocean...I love the ocean, the smell, sounds, and sights of it!


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