Mountain Stream - Original - Taught October 25, 2008
These are some of my best non-snowy mountains, and my students' first encounter with a mountain range. I showed them how to mix phthalo blue and sap green to make a turquoise color for the stream, and really focused on the correct size of the mountains and grassy hills in an attempt to create depth. It was challenging due to the fact that the stream was not "drawn", but defined only by the layout of the grass. Mountains take a great deal of time to teach, which is why there are no trees or other major elements in this painting. This is a good example of a painting that is an original creation of mine, but inspired by several of Bob's put together.
Rowboat on the Shore - With Changes - Taught July 19, 2008
Sorry that it's crooked, I'm not a photographer by any means. I absolutely love this painting. It is based on Bob's painting "Rowboat on the Shore", and I made a few changes to it so that I could fit it into my half-day workshop. This was my students' first "seascape" painting, as well as their first painting with the mock matting. Mock matting is created by taping the edges of the canvas and then pulling it off after the painting has been completed. It leaves a nice border around the painting and creates a "wow" factor. This is by far one of my favorites and I plan to frame it.
Sunrise Cove - Original - A version of this was sold this summer
I have received more feedback on this painting than any other one that I've done. It was spontaneous, which is rare for me as I'm usually an OCD-planner-extraordinaire. I love the colors, and sunrises/sunsets are my favorite type of sky. I'm not alone in that, because three people asked to have this painting and I eventually sold a version of it to a friend in Virginia who, interestingly enough, lives only a hop, skip, and jump away from Bob Ross, Incorporated.
Frosty Winter Morn - 2301 - Taught May 17th, 2008
This is probably my best painting, if I'm judging it by Bob's original which can be found in book number 23. It's not as easy as it looks, but I think I pretty much nailed it. My students agreed, and were excited to try a painting of Bob's where no changes were made. This was my largest class, with nine students, and it was interesting to see how each student interpreted the painting. That's the cool thing about Bob's technique. A group of people can learn to paint something, step by step, yet no students' paintings look the same. Each one is an original, and that is what makes it so special. I had this one professionally framed and plan to display it at a local art gallery.
My next class is hopefully December 6th. I had to cancel November's classes due to my stepbrother's death as well as my hospitalization due to complications from a spinal tap. I'm still recovering and can barely walk, but I hope to be back in gear by the end of the month. No results from the spinal tap yet...they are checking me for Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia, and other things. I should know by Tuesday. Prayers are appreciated.