Metekhi Church

Discovering the inner artist (2)

Three weeks ago, I attended my first acrylic workshop with Tako Shashiashvili (Tako Shashiashvili Art (Facebook page). The first session (Discovering the inner artist.) went well, so I was happy to attend a second workshop entitled “Delicious Painting 4”. Again we met on the top terrace ofย  No.21 Terrace Restaurant in Maidani in Old Tbilisi, which has a fabulous view of the old Metekhi Church on the opposite bank of the Mtkvari River.

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View of the Old Metekhi Church

Tako again supplied all the necessary materials. This time we had canvases stretched on a wooden frame rather than on board.

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Tako prepares my palette

I could have chosen a different view from the first time, but I was interested to see how my paintings would compare, so I tackled the same view again.

 

The group was smaller this time just three of us learners. In July and August many people leave Tbilisi, if they can, because of the heat. We started later (18.30 as opposed to 17.00) and I felt more time pressure than before, as the light was fading, we also had a few spots of rain.

 

Martin took off lickety-split and had almost covered his canvas in paint before I had even started. Taisia adopted a more measured controlled approach. It was getting dark by the time we were ready to show our finished pictures.

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Our paintings: me, Martin, Tako and Taisia

I was happier with my earlier painting.

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Painting (2 July 2017)

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Painting (23 July 2017)

I think I’m happier with the first painting because the church looks better, the colours are closer to reality and it was more carefully rendered. The Metekhi church had had scaffolding erected on one side between the two painting sessions.

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Metekhi Church with scaffolding

Today, I bought myself a blank canvas, so I can practise at home. I hope to have more opportunities to paint in the future, it was fun. Thanks, Tako ๐Ÿ™‚ Didi madloba.

Discovering the inner artist.

I am interested in art and have done a lot of drawing over the years, but any painting has largely been confined to watercolours with the grandchildren, that was until yesterday (2 July 2017). I was invited by a friend and talented artist, Tako Shashiashvili to a workshop entitled “Delicious Painting 3“. We would be painting with acrylics in a small group of 8, some were beginners like me. We met in No.21 Terrace Restaurant in Maidani in Old Tbilisi, which has a fabulous view of the old Metekhi Church on the opposite bank of the Mtkvari River.

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view of Old Metekhi Church

Tako supplied all the paints and gave us each a canvas to paint on. Acrylic paints were chosen as our medium as they dry much quicker than oils and watercolour requires too much preparation.

 

First we were given pencils to sketch in some outline and details and work out the composition.

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pencil detail

Tako would also paint to demonstrate the techniques, but she was clear we were painting for ourselves and should be relaxed.

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Tako painting a demo

We soon got down to painting ourselves, this was an interesting experience, mixing the paints on the palette and trying to capture the scene on canvas.

 

It was a hot day, we would spend around two and a half hours painting. The activity I found quite relaxing. Maybe, half the group were first timers painting in acrylics.

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I wasn’t the only first timer

Oksana and Tako had obviously done this before.

 

Tako is a professional artist, next week she will have an exhibition in Amsterdam. She was inspiring and helped us bring out our inner artists. The Facebook page for her art: Tako Shashiashvili Art

 

My palette saw a lot of mixing.

Here are our finished works.

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Delicious Painting 3, July 2 2017

I was quite pleased with my first canvas.

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my finished painting

I hope to have more opportunities to paint in the future, it was fun. Thanks, Tako ๐Ÿ™‚ Didi madloba.