01/03/2005: "Learning to Paint"
I've been painting a reeeeaaaaalllly long time. I started formal training at around age nine in private lessons, took classes all through high school, did an AP program in New York, got a BFA, have taken various workshops etc.
Just this weekend it ocurred to me that aside from the watercolor lessons I took as a child, I've never really learned *how* to paint. I find that amazing. Most of my studio classes we talked about composition, color, subject mater, contrast, etc. but we never really got into the techniques very much at all. I'm completely self taught in that regard. And it has begun to dawn on me that aside from "fat over lean" and other basics, I have quite a bit to learn.
I find it humbling but also exciting. I've decided to start doing all my underpainting using colored acrylic paints (that never occured to me before). I've also put in an order for various mediums to experiment with. I want to really get heavily into study and experiment mode again. I need to make up for some serious lost time.
Also, I got a message tonight from the guy who writes the wonderfulArtSceneAK in response to the stupid rant that I wrote on Dec. 15th about him not responding to my request to be added to a link of Alaskan Artists. At the time I felt rejected etc. and now I just feel plain stupid because he did add a link to my site, and is a very nice guy and I am just way too sensitive sometimes... SO to Donald Ricker, I'm sorry!