One more from last week, I’ll keep putting up some new ones but I’ll save the rest for the website update. Got a bunch. This was a favorite of mine and I put it in the Laguna show. A favorite because it’s something I haven’t painted before, at least successfully. On the first day of the invitational my opening painting was a dismal failure, worst P.O.S. ever, so I spent the next several hours spinning and not sure what to do. I drove around looking for something to paint, though in Laguna, you don’t really have too look hard. One of the local artists said that he was tired of painting the same stuff over and over, I said, “come paint in Florida and you’ll have a renewed awe for where you live”. Not that there’s anything wrong with Florida, it just doesn’t have the immense amount of variety that this place offers. Anyway, I found a little trail head that I hadn’t seen before and as the light was dropping, grabbed my bag and went for a hike. After a mile or less I came to this canyon area and started in. I went until 6 thinking that’s when the park closed, packed up and hoofed it to the car. When I came over the hill, the park ranger was there, arms folded and he said, “park closes at 5”. He had already left a note on my car to lock the gate on the way out. That was cool.
The workshop next week. It’s about finding your voice, looking for the cues in your work that identify you as an individual and learning a few new ones. I think most of the people coming probably check this blog from time to time so here’s a heads up on what we will be doing. My idea is to take a 16×20 and divide it up into four, painting the same scene 4 times in a day but utilizing two of the major elements of style in each. Dividing the canvas because it keeps the section from becoming a painting and hopefully keeps the artists from trying to make it a painting and not a study. Painting the same scene because finding inspiration is good but knowing how to paint it when you find it is better. Drawing, value, color, edge, composition, brush language, shape and form, all are tools of the voice of an artist. I will say here that mastering them is essential to good painting but learning how to use them, well, you’ll just have to take the workshop for that.