For any readers located in Southern California or anywhere near the west coast I’m planning for Stuart Shils to give one of his workshops out here sometime next year – likely in fall of 2011 but possibly sooner if I can get enough people to make a commitment by the spring. I’m planning for the San Diego area but I’m open places further north if it works out to be better for some reason. Please contact me either here in the comments or you can email at email@example.com if you think you might be interested in attending his workshop. For detailed information please read this pdf about his workshops. Here is an excerpt from the pdf…
During these three days we are focusing on cultivating perceptual discrimination and visual clarity by understanding close, critical looking at nature and, the relation of that to constructing a drawing or painting. We’re asking ourselves exactly what we are seeing, how we are seeing, and then what to make of it on paper, panel or canvas.
The class is intended to push the mid range to advanced painter further into a kind of visual boot camp, each day a concentrated and comprehensive work schedule, but also fun and productive. In the tradition/spirit of “first strike” or alla prima, emphasis will be placed on 1) examining the perceptual processes in front of nature; 2) the editorial response that follows in the head of the painter and how that takes form graphically; 3) and perhaps most importantly, on shaking up and/or questioning what is meant by “finish”. We’re not concerned here with making anything “pretty”, sale – able or “trophy” like. With painting, one never really gets a trophy anyway – it’s always work in progress.
Painting Perceptions has a number of upcoming interviews and a video slide talk by Lennart Anderson that I should be posting in the next week or so. We are lucky to get a great new article and interview with the British artist Patrick George that Neil Plotkin recently made, I should be posting this later today. I know things have slowed done a bit with the frequency of posts but it should return to more frequent posting soon. Please consider making use of the forum to let people know of any interesting shows going on, artist talks, news, links to some great art or just thoughts or questions you may have. Often times these can be more interesting and useful than anything I come up with – but it can’t happen unless more people contribute.
Stephanie Pierce Contract, 2009. Oil on Linen, 33 x 29 inches
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