Saturday, August 1, 2009
mark making and the artist
The goal for toady was to paint something with which I did not resonate. My choice was the reservoir at white out time-1:00pm. Then it became about something entirely different.
the hand of the artist
The hand of an artist is a very personal thing. It shows an emotional response, unique to that artist. A personality. It is very important to hold onto your own uniqueness.... that's what makes us artists. Look at your own hand. What do you think it says? Is your work distinctly your own? Can you feel it? Examine the beauty of Casey Klahn's, Richard's, or Tracy Helgeson's work. You can savor his/her exquisite hand in each piece.
I know when, in my comfort zone, my hand can be sensitive and playful. It's funny someone asked me, "Why do I continue to only go to Richard's workshops, do you want to paint like him?" Well the answer is, Richard is a true teacher. He does not teach me to paint like him. His works are absolutely gorgeous, but I will never be Richard. There is only one Richard. With Richard there is a dialogue on the learning process, something every artist must continue daily or stagnate.
Now, examine your work:-)