This past week I discovered that what I did everyday had a name…the process I go through day after day and week after week is called mastery. Wow, was that a surprise. I knew what I set out to do wasn’t easy but I didn’t know that I had so many kindred spirits out there on the same path doing the same process. Its great to encounter this. The four things I do in my painting process are 1. Practice 2. Persistence 3.Patience 4. Perseverance. 5. Repeat # s 1- 4 over and over.
On You tube I bumped into a series of book reviews about a book by George Leonard titled “Mastery” presented by an artist/educator named Jeffery Watts. You all know how the internet wander goes…I googled videos on painting with gouache and Jeff’s gouache video came up at the top of the list. I’d been thinking about bringing my gouache out to paint en plein air so I wanted to see how some one else did it. He had a great video on hassle free traveling with gouache instead of oils (and all the solvent issues).
I also noticed that he had a number of other videos on You Tube. Watts runs an art school in California and generously provides informational videos of all kinds for students who are looking for an art school/atelier education and are interested in learning real skills, like how of how to paint and draw. This school is filling in a niche for teaching solid skills that most of the mainstream colleges have dropped or trimmed since the 60’s.
When I was in college there were a few drawing classes that were good but as soon as I started painting courses it was “express yourself”. My professors were very nice but didn’t offer much guidance. I was on my own figuring out how to paint. After college I took classes with individual artists in order to learn figurative, portrait and landscape painting. Now there are a number of schools/ateliers that offer a substantial art education, are vetted and can be found on the Art Renewal Center list. I was really on my own for a long time trying to put together what I was missing. I was painting in the dark often “inventing the wheel” on my own. It sure would have been easier to have someone share what they knew. Things have certainly changed in the the past few years. And we are all benefiting from it.
AUTUMN PLEIN AIR &
NEW ! STUDIO CLASS STARTING
AUTUMN PLEIN AIR CLASS
Now is the perfect time to get out and paint !
Students are welcome to join the Tuesday plein air class.
You can come to a single class or the full 6 week session.
All levels are welcome. Email me or see Info in the link below.
This class started Tuesday, September 6th, 2-5pm, and runs for 6 weeks. If you want to attend this plein air class Please email if you want to join us. Space is limited. Six week session~ $220
Locations : EACH WEEK A NEW LOCATION – Beautiful locations in southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast region. Register for 6 week session here.
NEW STUDIO CLASS STARTING OCTOBER 18TH !
Class meets on Tuesdays 10am – 1pm. Focus this session will be design and painting large landscapes in the studio. Register for 6 week session here.
Jay Goldsmith Exhibition at Discover Portsmouth Museum
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY ART ‘ROUND TOWN
NOVEMBER 4, 2016 : 5-8 PM
I am included in this show of portraits of artists by Jay Goldsmith.
My portrait by Jay Goldsmith and several of my paintings will be on display.
I hope you can come!