At the end of last year, I really felt like I had a rhythm going in my painting. I had "me" on the canvas. But also I had a better idea of what I felt like I needed to improve and things that I wanted some opinions on. So I committed to a once a week class with Curt Butler. It has been fabulous! I love learning and Curt has already given me so many nuggets of wisdom to incorporate into my painting process. New approaches, different ways of handling things. Another big "truth" I have discovered: You can get the most wonderful, important information in the world but until you are ready to "hear" it.... you can't take it in and use it. You have to grow into it. I am still growing into it all.
What I really enjoy about this class is the "stretching" that goes on. Trying out different approaches and incorporating them into how you already do things. Some of the paintings that I have done in class aren't good at all. But I am trying to learn the concept and not necessarily end up with a finished painting. Every once in a while, the concept and the painting click. This is one of those that I am happy with. On the surface it looks a lot different than what I usually paint. But even though it seems much more abstract, it still has the things that I focus on: color, strong brushstrokes and most importantly pattern. It still has "me" in it.
Here is the initial block in for the painting:
And here is the finished painting:
"down a different track"
30" x 40" oil on gallery wrapped canvas