Oil painting (French Impressionist style) of a woman in a field harvesting a grain crop. This painting was created in a workshop at the McClelland Guild of Artists.
At a recent workshop we were asked to paint something we liked from a range of topics - most of which were a bit outside my usual range.
That is, however, the point of a workshop isn't it? to push yourself a bit and see what you can come up with if you extend yourself. I chose this topic because it reminded me so much of the French Impressionist style, which I love. The subject being human for a change was a stretch. My first work was very disappointing and I abandoned it half way.
I decided to start again with a fresh approach and from that decision this painting came together incredibly fast. It helps to relax, not to overcomplicate your work and most of all not to panic.
It was very nice of others at the workshop to comment that it was one of the best works they had seen from me. I came away much braver and more confident in myself to attempt new subjects, styles and mediums and made great breakthroughs thanks to the support of those at the workshop and the amazing tutor.