Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Spice of Life
I cannot express enough how taking painting workshops, notably from good friend Eric Jacobsen (see link for Eric under blog list), have helped to elevate my abilities as an artist. No matter your skill level i strongly urge people to take as many as you can, even if they are the same workshop. There is something about hearing what amounts to be the same thing, in repetition, that really helps drive the message home in one's thoughts.
During a workshop, there is a limited amount of time you have to actually complete a finished painting. Which is why they should be viewed as a time for intense study, not coming home with the next Gruppe to hang on your wall. Last weekend, i took another Still Life workshop from Eric and i was able to make some adjustments to my brushwork and blending of colors. Now, while I would not normally put forward what i would consider an unfinished piece, i really liked the freshness and warmth of this painting (probably all those lovely earth tones). I know there are some technical difficulties with it and i certainly was not finished, but the more i view it, the more i enjoy it and my hope is that you do as well.

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