For this assignment, we will complete six paintings, 4 in class and 2 out of class. All six paintings will be due on October 22.  Each of these paintings will be completed in one session, each session approximately 1 1/2- 2 hours in length.

For inspiration, visit:

Check out these paintings and the dynamic arrangement of the works:

After Purging Her Possessions, an Artist Paints What Remained

Also, visit her website:

Check out the work of Denise Stewart Sanabia.


For daily painting practice:  More videos here:


–Objects to paint! These could be anything–coffee cups, produce (whole or partially eaten), key chains, books, etc.  Avoid objects without much dimensionality, such as phones.  Some of the paintings should feature reflective objects, such as glass or metal, and others should feature objects with varying surface textures.

–Three sheets of 18” x 24” primed sheet of paper, each cut into four 12″ x 12″, 12″ x 15″ or 12″ x 18″ pages

–Oil paints


–Liquin, Galkyd or linseed oil



–To learn to work quickly with all prima painting

–To develop observation skills

–To establish contrast and use a full range of approximately six values

–To establish a harmonious color palette

–To create a visually interesting compositions; avoid centering objects

–To learn to create the illusion of shiny and matte surfaces

–To gain confidence in painting with oils


Process will be explained and demonstrated in class.

If you would like, please share photos of your paintings on Instagram with #sncdailypaintings.


–The paintings are well-observed and rendered with careful attention to value range, contrast, attention to surface and color harmony.

–The composition is well-designed and visually engaging with a distinct focal point.

–You have completed six paintings in total, five in class and one out of class. 

Student paintings by Aisling Jelinski

Student Paintings by Cate O’Brien




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