It has been said that paintings are like footprints on the paths that the painters have walked.
The ultimate challenge for all of us is to create paintings which express who we truly are.
However, to achieve this, a painter must learn many "rules" about color, perspective, paint properties and then practice to make these "rules" part of their work.
I am late to the pursuit of becoming a painter and yet I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to try to be a better person and improve as a painter every day.
I was a scientist in my first career. Truly, the yearning to develop, research, question and understand is hardwired. I believe that being an artist (like a scientist) is a way of thinking, seeing and understanding.
The weekly exercises that I set for my classes (and share in this blog) aim to find or create a way to illustrate and test art "rules", concepts, or understanding.
Local people can see whether this is working with my students.
There will be an exhibition of their work in October at Nash Arts. No doubt you will see that the path to being an artist is exciting, regardless of the age that one begins. For my students who read this, the experience of showing your work is difficult to describe. It will be exciting and equally frightening: perhaps because you will be revealing a little of yourself.
In addition to meeting the students, seeing (and purchasing?) their wonderful work, the painting above will be float framed in an elegant gold frame and auctioned at the exhibition opening on Oct 12 (5-6:30 PM). Thirty percent of the proceeds from this will go to Nash Arts and the remaining 70% will go to Hurricane Harvey relief with the choice of agency to the new owner of the painting. Hope to see many of you there. Please share this newsletter with anyone who might be interested.