I always start a new quarter by explaining to my students how important it is that we develop a practice of simplification and analysis before beginning a drawing or painting. I have them do an exercise to find large simple shapes based on value within a reference image. This helps tremendously!
There are three things I focus on in my work and what I wish to pass along to my students:
Seriously, as the year wrapped up, I found myself stunned that it had gone by soooo fast! In fact,
I've thought a lot about what I do and why – over and over I've heard myself think "The thing I care most about is ART". This always struck me as odd – why ART? Why not something more important like family, world peace, etc. you know what I mean
Nature Photography by Jan Viney at the Lynnwood Library Gallery In her exhibition statement, Jan Viney explains that she connects with the natural world through her camera, attempting
Painting shows me my stubbornness, my insecurity, my indecision. It also shows me my courage when I persist anyway!
Painting shows me how I "close my eyes and jump" at things.
Painting is a dance - sometimes a struggle - between specificity and ambiguity.
The chief reason for practicing art is to engage in a dialog with my being.