Monday, February 7, 2011

Day One...I join the ranks of the bloggers

Pear One, 0il, 4" x 5", Gesso board
Today, Monday...a good day of the week to start something new.

I wanted to start a journal about my experiences with getting into oil painting, drawing and really just being "creative" again. I am Beth, a freelance graphic designer, 51 years old, an empty nester, and now part time oil painting student. I took my first oil painting class "Drawing Into Painting" late summer 2010, yes just about six months ago.  I had never really picked up a paint brush before, well maybe in an intoduction to fine art class my freshman year of college or in a high school art class, but other than that and 30 years since college, I finally picked one up. Here is my first painting...yes a pear.

Vegetables One, Oil, 6" x 9", Gesso board

Currently I am taking Oil Painting at the Torpedo Factory, with instructor Edward "Ted" Reed. He is a great friend and mentor, and I am learning so much about myself as an artist, and about the art of painting, from the class.

I will post more paintings from my six month journey into painting to get myself and my viewers up to speed, then I will try to blog on a more regular basis about my current projects, successes, failures, frustrations. I hope that you will follow me on my journey.


  1. Marvelous! Beautiful start. Can't wait to see more!

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere!!

  3. Beth,
    We loved your paintings. You've inherited quite a talent! Thanks for sharing.
    Bob and Sue Gay

  4. Beth - you have always been talented! I see dad in the art too! Uniquely you... but memories of your wonderful dad's work too! Andi

  5. Beth, I enjoyed your blog all the way back to the beginning. You are such an accomplished painter even though you haven't been painting for long. I was especially impressed by your portraits and figures. My first painting was a pear too! I have been painting for 6 years and have yet to try the human form.