Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A new horizon ( line)

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So... it's true that I have spent the last year of my life learning my craft, exploring every day new ways to communicate what I see in my minds eye, and honing my skills with color and different media.
So Monday I took my first ever painting class; a landscape class with a wonderful artist named Rick Weaver, who is based in Charlottesville, VA. I have to admit I was petrified.
I have been an over-achiever all my life and many things have come easily to me. Art is instinctual to me, but having had no formal training I felt very inadequate taking a class with a group of artists who have painted most of their lives.
I had a great time and I appreciate Rick's approach to basics first. We started with very basic value studies of dark and light. I recognized that I have a skill for breaking things down to the lowest common denominator. A simple line. A block of dark versus light. Distilling form that is pleasing and organic. I have done these things instinctively, it was nice to be affirmed that I can do it, and improve my composition, and grow still more as an artist and an interpreter of the landscape.
I'm very much looking forward to the next 8 weeks of Plein Air Landscape painting and the many technical skills I will pick up from this wonderful instructor.
Mean while look for me this Saturday at the Western Market at 18th and Wyoming in Adams Morgan ( NW Washington DC). Sunday I will be at the Eastern Market ( North Carolina and 7th Street SE.) Stop and enjoy the new work I am doing!
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with Love