My first Oil Painting

Painted my first oil painting today — an apple still life in a single color. Don’t remember what this is called, but it is a classical technique similar to using charcoal. Cover the entire page with a medium shade and then remove paint for highlights / add more paint for dark colors. Used Burnt Seina which is a lovely brown color. Really great class, I am lucky to have a resource called Art Beat on Main Street available here in Vista. An art gallery that also offers classes and has a wine bar. This shop is an up an coming place. And they have a great teacher named Maggie Chiaro. The class is a drop in class, only 20 dollars per session. Bring your own project and Maggie helps you. Today there were only two students, so I got lots of help. Here’s my paintings


The website for Maggie Chiaro classes is:

and the address for artbeat on Main Street is


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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