I am more convinced than ever that what keeps us from making our best art, having the most fun, being the most proud of our work, is that we are trying to make a good painting while what we should be doing is just make a painting. Making a painting without traditional judgments, rules, and the need for acceptance. History shows us that the great artist are never the followers and always the leaders, those that don’t give a damn about joining the clubs of conformist.
For years I have instructed in a traditional workshop format. For many of my workshop this is appropriate and the best way of sharing ideas and techniques and hopefully moving people along to a better place with their art. Most of you are well beyond this group instruction. So this summer I will conduct the workshop as a masters class. This means we will have a lot more one on one conversations about your ideas and the techniques you are going to use to express them. Ideas define the goal while techniques deliver the goods. Less about ‘show and tell” and more about questions and answers.
In preparing for this workshop I ask you to spend some time organizing your thoughts and agenda:
Ask yourself honestly,
For whom am I painting (who is my audience)?
Why do I paint?
How can I make my work express my ideas? What is uniquely mine and how can I further develop that?
What brings me the greatest pleasure in painting?
There are no wrong answers to these questions as long as the answers are honest.
While your evolving ideas may require new materials let’s not make this a technique and materials class. Ideas, experimentation, exploration, and a willingness to fail will make the summers work exciting, rewarding, evocative, and, most of all, yours.
I am excited about this time together and to seeing the results of “What If” painting.
There is no materials list, I want everyone to bring what they normally use to make their art.