I'm super excited and working hard on paintings and the pic above is of two I have going right now. The bottom one is from life and has a ways to go and its another in what I'm calling my Bride series, though that probably won't be the final name. I am also still working on paintings of those abandoned homes and using video I shot as a source for my paintings. I feel the power building and I am so happy to explode into the studio at home or at school and love working on these ideas. I wish I could just paint every day for a year and do nothing else, but alas, I can't for now, but I am making the most of it. I had my first crit with Dan Miller and really enjoyed it. Dan has been with the school for decades and is the senior teacher since Professor Grimley retired. I haven't had Dan as a teacher since first year but I guess I was surprised how much he had been aware of my work at school all along. In talking with an artist like Dan, who is a great print maker and has been around a long time, seen a lot of art styles, changes and waves in his life its great to be able to talk to such a literate and vital mind. Dan's in his 80's and sharp as a tack, his feedback and observations about my current work were a good 'pilots checklist" as I call it. It certainly made up for what I felt was a rather disappointing final review from my first semester as far as having anything useful to walk away with. One critic supposedly marked down her comments even before my work was set up according to a friend---I know not everybody will like my work, but come on---give me something to work with. We have to deal with rejection as artists, nobody likes it, but you have to be tougher than nails. I was reject from the last Gallery 128 show and a recent Brandywine plein air event in the last two weeks. You don't like it, but you just keep painting, dam the torpedoes, I know if there are a lot of "abstract painters or artists" as judges I stand a slim chance on getting into some shows as they don't dig what I do. But again, you pick up your rejected painting or drawing, go back, close your studio door and keep swinging the brush.
In Scott Noel's MFA Painting Class we returned to the "fishbowl" as I call it, or the elevator lobby on the 4th floor. Scott had the setup ready and he and Patrice the model sat for us. It was a very "minty" set-up with Scott's favorite color scheme. Inside-outside was the theme of the day and what do you do to adjust the colors and values to keep both worlds harmonized? Scott always has the way of almost letting you think you are winning and then saying, no, no carrot this week--pretty good, but lets see where you are in a few weeks. The hardest thing about this set-up is looking into the light you eye have to adjust to the light, and it makes it harder to judge the values on your canvas. I always find I have to adjust the colors when I see them in better light. Again, a wind sprint of a painting and Scott always the energetic task master hopped up and ran around couching and prodding us all the entire time. I should have gotten in early and so I ended up not having a great view, traffic was crazy so i was late--and "dem's the breaks!"