I have to confess that my travel schedule has made me an absent student at my painting class at the MFA Boston. Nonetheless, I feel like going sometimes is still better than not going at all.
Along with the work of our instructor, Bill Commerford:
I came to class with a question I'm struggling to answer: Who am I as an artist? Therefore, I'm pushing myself to try new things while being true to my own personal style.
Can you tell which of the two paintings below the underpainting above is under?
Bill suggested that I put out some of my recent work and make some observations about it as a grouping. I put out some faces and then some landscapes:
And then I put out one face and one landscape:
Here's a closer look at that painting on the left:
I'm in the middle of this process of self-discovery, so I'm not sure that I have a lot of concrete things to say. But, at the moment:
- I feel that I do have a uniquely me personal style of painting.
- I'm working on putting my emotions and thoughts into my work, rather than creating aesthetically pleasing art.
- I'm focusing on process and creating work with a methodology that is both sustainable over time and adaptable to multiple situations and time constraints. I want to be a working artist for a long long time.
- I feel proud of all the work and study I've put in previous to this class. Because I have studied color and composition and drawing and art techniques, I can simply focus on finding my voice. I don't feel limited by my skills or knowledge. It's a *wonderful* feeling!
Thanks for letting me share!