08-16-08 was my first morning taking an oils class with Tim Tyler. We spent the morning get to know each other a bit, learning what we knew or what we didn't know. Tim approached his teaching with wonderful humor and information about paintings he has seen. His range of students are from the complete beginner to professional artists. We began by learning about different vendors and their paints, the color wheel, brushes and palette knives, edges, and some mediums, the basics of painting.
Tim had us use a palette knife to apply white paint to the canvas or board. The goal was to achieve a very smooth surface with a knife and then square it up using the knife. It sounds easy doesn't it, well unless one is very proficient with a knife, it isn't. My time in the class is about 3 hours while his normal Saturday class is seven hours.
Below are two photos I took in class and have to apologize for the blurred photos. Next week, I promise to do better. Tim is standing by one of his beautiful paintings. His skin tones are simply marvelous and the textures behind the little girl's head are marvelous. Photos just don't do justice to his work. Karen is in the next photo and is ready to take notes as Tim shares his knowledge with us.