I had the privelege of recently attending one of Steve Aimone's Master Class Workshops at Atlantic Center for the Arts. It was one of the most rewarding weeks I have spent in the past few years, if not ever! There were sixteen artists from all over the world there, each one pursuing their own art. The companionship was wonderful, and each person added to the experience of then whole. Steve, of course, added his usual insightful comments to each one of us and to the group. I am so thankful that I was able to do this!
I have been struggling for years with the conflict I have of wanting to simplify to what I think is the essence of a painting and/or going with the mess that is made with the beginning of the painting. I have been taught that an artist must have a recognizable style and should stick to it become well known. The style must come from within the artist and, for me, be the "why" of my painting. My "why" has been to produce peaceful and contemplative works that resonate with me and the viewer. Recently I have been revisiting the important eras of my life and what has been important to me; and it has occurred to me that although I have been a small-town girl for a good while, I was a city girl for many years, I still enjoy the fast-paced life of having many things going on. Maybe that is why I like to leave some paintings in a more energetic mode and can be satisfied with not simplifying them. Now that I understand this I can enjoy painting both ways.
Enjoying the Mess
I have been painting for many years in several different media and have won awards in juried shows and had one-woman and small group shows. The learning aspect of painting has been a great joy and driving force for me. For the past few years I have become interested in abstract work and have been studying how to understand abstract work and how to do it.