So what is a day of continuing ed like for an artist??
Often times we travel many miles and pay for hotels to garner wisdom from the greats; other times we are lucky enough to sit at their feet in our own town. Either way, we show up the first morning excited and eager to learn.
Exhausted now but convinced we can paint a masterpiece we usually break for lunch. Folks learn to pack something (just like school) and sit around and network with fellow artists who have travelled from all over. Believe it or not, this is an important time to trade ideas, make contacts and commiserate over the state of the world. After a few shared sandwiches you really do have a bunch of new best friends.
After lunch we head to our easels and attempt to do exactly as we were instructed. I say attempt because many folks find it very hard to leave their comfort zone and as fear of failing sets in they revert right back to however they painted before they signed up. I have come to realize that if I am really trying to learn a new technique my work in the seminar will not be pretty. But its important that while I have the instructor there I at least try to do what he was teaching.
We paint and paint and moan and groan and ask a million questions. Around 5 pm we are fatigued and we clean up, fall into bed and wake the next morning eager to repeat the entire day over again. Continuing education is both exhilarating and exhausting. Its given me the opportunity to meet some of the best artists (Braitman, the deceased Ann Templeton, Sally Strand, Richard McKinley, Doug Dawson and Qiang Huang to name a few). Just having personal discussions with these outstanding folks is well worth the time.
Workshop participants take Qiang Huang out for lunch and conversation
What's it like in the day of an artist? Keep reading, the blog posts below all offer different insights into the work of artists around the country. Enjoy the trip.....
|Cindy Michaud||Jo MacKenzie||Christine Parker||Marla Laubisch|
|Joanne Grant||Kevin Larson||Cindy Williams||Sharon Graves|
|Sally Binard||Karen Johnston|