I decided to take a two day Painterly painting class at the Art Students League of Denver. Students could use oil or acrylic, but I was the only one using acrylics.
It's been a long time since I've done any representational/figurative painting, but when I did it in the past I had a very tight style and wanted to loosen up.
I didn't create any finished pieces but started a few. I did get some practice and the teacher Ken Valastro helped a lot with direction on improving my composition. His demo was amazing, he created this lovely rainy NYC street scene with lots of people, just with broad strokes and color changes. The people had no real features, but you could sense where they were looking and if they were interacting with the person next to them.
Here is the first piece I started. There are a lot of things I would do differently if I were to do it again, but it's not a bad first effort.
I did a second one, and the only reason it looked semi-decent is Ken did some painting on it. I am not posting it here since all the good parts were his.
Here is my last one. I think it's a good start and will continue working on it. My people are turning out pretty well. I still feel like I paint very tight and need to loosen up. I am thinking about doing practice paintings with loose brush stokes as a warm up exercise when I go to my studio. That way, I will be painting more often and experimenting with painting loose.
I don't think these are a bad start considering it's probably been over 8 years since I've done a representational painting.