I have quite a lot of events coming up in the next several months. Check out my Demos/Workshops page to see the full calendar so far! In the meantime, join me at Blick Art Materials in downtown Chicago on Monday afternoon for a free water colour demo. You can participate, we'll have everything set up for you.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about what it means to be an artist. My goodness, right? But more specifically, what it means to be an artist who enjoys the gathering of experience and insight. Not just for myself, but in aid of cultivating a shareable, and accessible aesthetic for others. As a foundation, I’ve been thinking about how we are shaped as human beings. What are we without the influence of others, directly or indirectly? The contributions in human history have massed into a cumulative knowledge that has erected the pillar we all stand on. I have an underlying sense of gratefulness, amusement, wonder, and at times, terror. It’s as if these feelings run just below the surface of my skin. They rest with a modest tension, warming and bubbling over as I am absorbed into the world around me by my vocational interests. I am reminded that it’s the people part that rings out with importance. We are here, with our condition, for better or for worse. Our need to recognize the relationship we have with each other, and with nature, are becoming more important by the day.
My place is not to be isolated in the studio. Although, I often revel in it. My recent experience with teaching and conducting workshops has reinvigorated my passion for this cumulative contribution - as small a part as it may be. And not just for the sake of contribution, but the preservation of the approaches I hold dear. Focusing more on engagement and connection places more context under my instincts and guides my motivations. I advance, trip and fall, and constantly re-define. Chiseling away at the block, gradually revealing something that looks a bit more refined. Every interaction I am gifted, is the opportunity to see the larger sense of existence.
And for a bit of news about classes, demos, and workshops...
Three Week Class - Painting With Gouache
I'm excited to announce my signing on to be an instructor at The Art Center in Highland Park! Bringing back a lost love, with an introductory class on painting with gouache. Fridays, 2-5pm. April 13-27.
Click here for more information, and to register. Receive an Early Bird discount until April 2!
New Demos and Workshops on the Calendar
Take a look at what's on the calendar for April, May, and June! Sign up for a workshop, private demonstration, or a free in-store demo.
Here are some pics from the Blick Grande Opening in Schaumburg this last weekend. I had a great time. To be totally honest, I was quite nervous at first. I don't do this sort of thing often, painting in front of people that is... Painting a live model is quite different than painting from a reference photo, but as I've had plenty of experience doing so, I usually don't have people watching my every move! Well, almost. They were occupied by their own creations too, and I was happy to be a part of their guidance.
Photo cred: Lyndsey MacGregor
It's coming up quick! I am representing the esteemed brand Winsor & Newton at the Blick grand opening in Schaumburg this Saturday the 19th at 4-6pm. See the opening and activity information here. My part will be a two hour portrait demo of my friend Elizabeth. My many thanks to her for sitting for me this time around. There will be stations set up for interaction and practice with the products under my guidance. Come and enjoy!
I've had a wonderful time painting and playing around with some new products by Winsor & Newton's Liquin line of mediums. My paints flow effortlessly over the oil paper, and retain a lovely, unifying sheen. I'll be posting more of these portrait sketches, featuring the Winsor & Newton product line. So be sure to check back at my website, or my official YouTube channel for more, and subscribe for continued updates. See you there!