Art – Craft

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From: An Artist’s Notebook: Techniques & Materials, by Bernard Chet, 1978.

This is an old question, going back to the Greeks…the dynamic relationship between how vs what you have to convey…the exploration of this question drives the search and keeps us painting and creating in some sense and raises lots of other inquiries…

“There are two schools of thought about the relationship between knowledge of artistic techniques and the creative impulse. One argues that artists cannot be taken seriously unless they have mastered the finest points of technical competence. In this approach, the studio becomes a laboratory, with the artist surrounded by paint specimens, chemicals and machines. The other camp maintains that technical expertise actually inhibits creativeness. The artist is depicted as a totally free spirit – one who, wholly ignorant of materials, can create on impulse works of art out of whatever lies at hand. Somewhere between these two extremes lies a compromise….”

“The anti-craft attitude may be a response to the mystery that has been made of technical practice….On the contrary, there exists a close interrelation between the freshness of creation and new utilization of media. Knowledge of technique is not inhibiting, nor is it a guarantee of achievement. At best, mastery of craft supplies a working vocabulary–one that opens possibilities to be fulfilled by the individual vision of the artist.”

Student At Work

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Student project...

Student oil sketch on panel in preparation for enlarging work to a much bigger canvas. Using a much smaller color sketch (rather than a photo) made on location, the resulting larger painting takes on a more authentic feel.

Solving problems in proportion, makes  transition simpler. Oil wash in at this point, under-painting provides the structure and reduces problems when moving to color.

Asheville Workshop Schedule

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Special effects...sky & trees

Make it Real!  Studio Workshops Here in Asheville     

Learn more about these special techniques in oils

  • Studio Composition
  • Nature’s Texture
  • Painting Atmosphere
  • Expedition to Cold Mountain
  • Color, Paint & Pigments

Join me for one or a series of weekend painting workshops in my studio or on location. These are affordable and convenient classes here in Asheville beginning in March.

Summer workshop studentView the schedule and descriptions with information on how to sign-up. These are small classes for 6 to 8 people and are in my studio. Easels are available. You can bring your lunch (we have a limited kitchen, coffee, microwave) or take time to visit local area restaurant.  One class will be a special expedition to paint Cold Mountain.

Please contact me if you have questions or need more information.