Painting in Parys with the Greens:
My two daughters and I had a wonderful series of art lessons with Francess exploring our artistic side. Francess doesn’t just help you paint, providing all the necessary easels, paints and other artists paraphernalia, she also helps you to explore what and how to paint.
The first portion of each of our two projects was spent discussing the intent, what to capture, what was inspiring and the composition of our future creations. All three of us chose different subjects and colour schemes, from windmills to waterfalls and sea vistas. Francess then taught us about the process of painting, which colours to lay down first and why, where on the canvas to begin, and how to progress. She showed us how to build the picture and adapt it according to how things worked out and how the paint spread on the canvas. It was a very fluid and organic process.
Francess provided guidance in colour selection and blending, perspective and scale, and all at the appropriate level. As an engineer, I was interested in getting the far off trees to look like far off trees, of the same type as the closer trees (hint, small brush strokes mimicking the larger ones of closer trees) while my daughters wanted to learn how to paint clouds and waves, and to get the sea just the right blend of blue, green and purple. We took breaks to sit back and contemplate our creations, sometimes turning the picture upsidedown to explore how the space was being filled. Our creations now hang proudly in our house, reminding us not only of our time with Francess but of our time in Parys as a whole.