Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This past weekend, I was up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, at Hessel, MI. It is so very beautiful there, as this photo shows. This is Lake Huron, in the Mackinaw Straits.

The workshop was about getting back to basics. I have so many people asking, how I get things to look so real, that I decided to create a new workshop that helps experienced painters do getting back to the basics of really "seeing" as an artist.

A favorite quote from John Ruskin says it all, "If you can paint a can paint the world."
Another quote is from Claude Monet, "When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as you see it looks before you..."

The final quote which has an effect on my work is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "My profession is to always be on the alert to find God in know His lurking places."

It was a big success. This same workshop will be given at the Holland Arts Council in Holland, MI, on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. If you know of anyone who might want to refresh their thinking and the process of creating a work, please share this with them.