I'm taking a new class at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) here in Boston. It's called "Painting Intensive" and is co-taught by Bill Commerford and Sharon Avakian. The class is another one of these no-instruction-paint-what-you-want-at-your-own-pace-open-studio kind of classes. I've been longing for instruction, but I've come to terms with the idea that time and experience are the teachers and the physical instructors are the guides on the journey. Keeping that thought in mind, I'm viewing class as a commitment I'm making to spend every Thursday (when I'm in town) for the next 10 weeks painting stuff just for me from 10:15am-3:15pm.
I went into day one wanting to do something different. Something I hadn't done before.
Let me clarify that statement.
- I believe that artistic growth is not about abandoning everything that came before and magically turning into a different artist. Rather, it's about taking risks that build on the work that has come before.
- I have a clear style that will always be my style, even as it evolves.
- I have certain techniques and motifs that I like and use.
Keeping that in mind, I didn't go into class wanting to paint a Frank Stella abstract. That's just not me. Rather, I wanted to try a new approach. I wanted to push myself to make choices that felt risky.
And so I did.
And it was good.
These are the two pieces I created:
I love working in a series (and this will probably become a much bigger series) because it gives me the opportunity to try different things and see how the results differ. For example: I started using my usual beloved primary palette...
The first face is acrylic paint, oil pastels, and a water soluble pencil:
I've changed my mind about 50 times in terms of which color border I like best for each painting. It's amazing how that little strip of color can totally change the painting by bringing certain colors forward or pushing other ones back.
Which is your favorite color border for each painting and why? I'd love to know!
Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. Hope to see you at WhimSoDoodle in St. Petersburg, FL in two weeks for the classes I'm teaching!