I’m in Dana Point, CA, attending the Weekend with the Masters Workshop & Conference. There is such a concentration of art-stars here, you could really hurt yourself walking into poles and tripping over curbs while gawking. I took a lot of photos, but it’s too late to download and re-size them tonight. I promise to share later. Susan Lyon gave a wonderful presentation this morning on her drawing methods which included a video tour of her studio with a review of her palette and lighting set up. Later, I watched Richard Schmid whip out a jewel-like 24 x 36 fruit, flower & Chinese porcelain still life in front of a packed auditorium – in an hour. Jeesh. And he kept the room swaying between roaring laughter, and thought-provoking silent marination with his observations about what it means to be an artist, and why he paints representational art. Later in the afternoon, I swooned for another two hours during a watercolor dry brush demo by Stephen Scott Young. He painted – from a lovely model – one perfect, luminous, velvet, alive with human-ness eye. I’ve been looking at his art and trying to reverse engineer his methods since 1998, & I was just about 100% wrong in my analysis about his sequence and approach to color & application. That’s what I call getting schooled in a really good way. After a quick bite, I listened to an evening panel, hosted by Richard Schmid, which addressed the question: Is Technology a Help or a Hindrance to the Traditional Artist? The Panelists with Richard were Carolyn Anderson, Scott Burdick, Rose Frantzen, Daniel Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Jeremy Lipking and Sherrie McGraw. I’ll post some close ups of the demos soon. But not until I give my overloaded with art methods and philosophies brain some sleep.
Sweet, artful dreams.
When we are bursting with something ordinary that strikes us as extraordinary, art is the language of expression from the heart to convey that. Representational painters use symbols studied from the world all around us, and those symbols transcend language & cultures; everyone understands them. Painting representational art is a vehicle for the artist to grasp the wealth of beauty around us fully, and then share that extraordinary vision with the world at large. ~Richard Schmid