This weekend I took a workshop from the AMAZiNG
She's kind of a big deal y'all.
For me to go "outside" my box and train with a painter who's work is world renowned is REALLY a big deal for me.
Now. With that being said, we painted figures.
Nudes, to be exact (and had a live model)
I have to be true to myself however.
I don't like painting figures.
I doubt I will ever like painting figures
but....I will never say never.
I like painting whatever feels right to me at the time.
Right or wrong?
who is to say what is good and what is not.
Cynthia's class was based on the fundamentals.
How the technical part works. How you start a painting based on the fundamentals of painting.
What you do to get started. Keeping yourself accountable to what goes on the canvas.
Being real to your work.
Very powerful learning experience.
Many times I throw stuff on a canvas and hope it sticks. Not lying here!
Many times it sticks. Sometimes it doesn't.
When it doesn't? It get's painted over.
But really. What makes a good painting?
I say whoever loves my work and wants to pay good money for it.
I paint emotional. I want to connect to my clients.
Is that right? Well it works for me. And if folks want to pay upwards of 3,500.00 for a painting that makes them happy. I'm happy for them! I seriously am! (and I'm happy for me) (wink)
I want people to love my work, look at it, make it mean something to them.
I really, really do. That is simply what makes me happy as a professional painter.
Am I going to be a known artist one day?
Heck I don't know.
But you know what? I really enjoy what I do. I enjoy making people happy when they look at my work.
That is my passion. That is what works for me.
To be famous? I could honestly care less.
(I'm famous in my own right, haha!!! - or my own brain....)
So, I LOVED taking my first professional art workshop.
Not going to lie....
I got frustrated at times (this was a spur of the moment thing and I didn't have all the correct materials)
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I HAVE to have the correct materials or I literally fall apart.
So, here are a few of the pics from the workshop!
I loved this piece
this was one of mine. I will continue to work on it. Lighten it up.
Our model was just amazing. Of course, she didn't have that robe on. Her poses were just a thing of beauty.
another on of mine that I will work on.
Lisa Moores sketch work
my sketch work
and more of Lisa's
This is what I loved most about this class.
Believe it or not there was a scarey similarity in how Cynthia teaches and how I teach.
(she of course is like WAYyyy over my head as far as experience.
I have 3 classes that I'm teaching in the next 3 weeks. 30 people.
So much of what I saw in her class, I teach in mine!
That really, really validated me as a teacher.
Now. This is speaking of me, not Cynthia. (because I'm not sure she connected with me. I hope so though)!
I really, really connected with her.
I mean, like in a friend way.
(but then again, I have this problem where I think everyone likes me...hum) (does that make me a narcissist?)
I felt like she understood me and what my goal as an artist is.
If she lived here, I would try to be her best friend. Or atleast bug her to death until she agreed to be my bestie.....
Not in an artist way. I just think she'd be fun to hang out with!
I think she and I are kinda in the same stage in life where ya know.
I'm 56 she's 57.
It's kinda like, hell, if you don't like what I do, it really doesn't matter to me.
I'm secure in my life and what I am doing!
Pettiness is SUCH something I'm not interested it.
I'm at the age where family matters, friends matter.
I really love for people to oooh and ahhhh over my work, but if they don't?
It's not going to throw me into a deep depression.
Any way, THANK YOU Cynthia Packard for teaching me so much more about the fundamentals of art!!!
but most of all....about life!
You are wonderful!!!