"What we need is more a sense of the wonder of life, and less of the business of making a picture," Robert Henri
As we head off to Provence tomorrow, I am planning to emphasize that idea; perhaps some of the wonder and joy of being there will translate to the canvas. Releasing investment in outcome is difficult at first, but once embraced, will set one free! Eight painters and I will paint the countryside and enjoy the silky air, as we share ideas and inspiration in the coming days - what a special privilege and opportunity for a re-boot and welcome respite from the studio!
Les Imberts, 12 x 10
En Plein Air, Painting Mt. Ste. Victoire, 12 x 9
Below are studies from a recent weekly figure painting class (taught by the inspiring Margaret Dyer) which I recently attended; while they are rough, I was able to catch a bit of truth, most likely because I wasn't worried about creating a painting!
Model in Repose (from a photo reference), 12 x 9
Beach Study (from photo reference), 12 x 9
Speaking of the figure, a few spots have opened in my upcoming Figure Focus workshop on September 22 and 23, at Soulful Art Studio, just north of Atlanta in Cumming, GA. This is a two day, fun session where we make "soulful" figure studies from photos of kids or any figure in the light. Check out my website for details or call Jeanne Matey if you want to join us! (404) 403-8334.
Look at this little French girl in blue shoes,
full of wonder, as she watches an artist at the easel