…that is the question.
On Tuesday I started a new part-time art course which will occupy two hours per week at our local Adult Education Centre. Whether I stay with it or not remains to be seen. It was a pleasant experience and I am optimistic despite the fact that there seems to be no common ground between the style in which I want to paint and the preferences of the teacher . It will not help either that the rest of the group are using acrylics, which I dislike and am therefore sticking resolutely to my (Winsor and Newton, Artisan) water-mixable oils.
The main problem is that I want to paint portraits most of the time, aiming at a realistic rather than impressionist result and with what William Whitaker calls a high finish. I find this subject matter and style of painting interesting but extremely difficult and challenging. Therefore any success (which has been severely limited to date) is immensely satisfying.
It is too early to anticipate the direction and relevance of the course but if it is of little help towards my stated aims it may well be fun in its own right. We shall see.