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Here are a few of the other wonderful things I gleaned from this year's conference:
- The secret to growing as an artist is painting from life
- Think about sculpting the whole time - what is the structure underneath it all? Think about effect - what are the key descriptives of the form? Think about interpretation - what feels right?
- If you're having trouble getting started, just go for it and let yourself make some mistakes so you can fix them. Key words: Inspiration, Persperation, Determination, ATTITUDE
- Find ways of acheiving something different - something that no one has ever seen before.
- Let yourself be a little uncomfortable - challenge yourself!
- Note on materials: Rose Frantzen used oil sticks to draw and block in masses at the start of her demo. I can't wait to give these a try!
- Why teach art? Because of the possibility of the experience - to help someone find the right question at the most useful time when painting.
- Feed active questioning about purpose, meaning, approach, etc. What is my ultimate question?
- Be around people who are passionate about painting.
- There is a heirarchy of intention. "Is what I'm about to do next going to take me closer to the direction I wish to go, or further away?" (Schmid)
- When it comes to having a good studio, there is no substitute for light and space. It's okay to have too much light because you can scale it back, but not enough light is going to be a problem.
So where am I going with this? I have a goal for my own work - whether I'm doing commission work or paintings just for fun - my goal is to make every painting an expression of gratitude. Before now, I kept asking myself, "Is my work relevant?" because my whole life has been relatively easy. Now I'm realizing that you don't need to have a life full of pain and strife to create art that says something meaningful. Beauty in and of itself is a worthy aim. Further, my Christian calling comes to mind in the mindst of this internal questioning, and I realize every day how truly blessed I've been, my whole life. Therefore, it would be wrong of me to express anything but gratitude!
I am a young artist, but I do have a lot to say, and I think my message will be relevant, especially in a society that is weighed down by its own moral dissolution. This year's portrait conference was good for me, because it helped me to dig a little deeper. I'm ready to dive in!
P.S. Here is the one souvenir I picked up from the National Gallery of Art...now with my morning coffee in it. :-) It says, "I am still learning."