Sunday, June 24, 2012

A week in Bend

Five days in a painting workshop reminded me how much I love being a student--particularly an art student, and especially when the teacher is someone whose message and approach resonate for me.

The last day and a half we had this gorgeous model set up with peonies and a black fan. Here's my study. It's 20x16.

Here are some of my notes:
When drawing, think about form, not line.
Whatever drawing skills you have WILL inform your painting, so go ahead and paint.
How you hold your brush can help you think like a painter.
Don't get attached; don't be fearful.
Paint your idea; don't try to match or copy everything you see.
Don't think while you're painting. Analyze later.

And one other thing I really liked: if you don't know what to do, stop.

The beginning of a still life.

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