It was Merry Christmas to me last weekend as my mom surprised me with a painting class. Jeff Boutin is a Minnesota native and accomplished painter. His works can be seen in exhibitions throughout the country, but more locally in Hudson, WI and Minneapolis, MN.
This weekend I was lucky enough to participate in his "Fall Birch" oil painting class and was so pleased to come away with something beautiful!
Here are a few pics of what I managed to create!
Here we go! A blank board and lots of ambition.
Was I supposed to bring my own color wheel?
This looks frightening.
I assure you, the red seemed like a good idea at the time.
I forgot to take pictures for a while. Adding the trees was really intense. This was the next time I paused.
My pallet looks like this now.
Leaves are so difficult. I told Jeff (we're on a first name basis) that teaching his techniques is brilliant job security. Right about here I was about to pop into the gallery, choose a gorgeous birch painting off the wall, pay him the several hundred/thousand dollars and be done with it. Seriously, I was starting to think there was no hope in sight.
...and then I brightened it up a bit and started to fall in love.
This is the final picture I snapped of it before taking in home every so gingerly in my trunk. It looks much prettier in person, and I can't wait to frame it.
I'll be sure to post a pic once it is proudly on my wall. What a great x-mas present, from my mom, for me, by myself.
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