Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bruce Greene workshop

Kenny, our Cowboy model.
The quick12x16 oil sketch of Kenny.
This past week was packed with intensity. The Bruce Greene workshop was full of painting, lecture and demos. Our class of 11 students, was a very talented group, yet I could see improvement in each one as Bruce pressed us to be the very best artist we could be. Working from live models, we had time to warm up with gesture sketches and follow that with quick oil paintings. Although we planned to use Adobe as our Equine Model, we got rained out that day.
In addition to improving our painting skill, Bruce really challenged each of us to pursue our own professional development at a more focused level. This involved three areas. One was to clearly define our goal. Two was to practice basic skills and develop new ones. Three was to be aware of our state-of-mind. As artists, being mindful of what it will takes to daily focus on our art and make a determined effort to keep focus despite alluring distractions or inconveniences is no small task. How do you stay focused and keep your spirit ready to create?

7 comments:

Kathleen said...

Great painting! I am feeding my creative spirit with my journal where I am exploring all kinds of things that keep my focus. One thing that really helps me is a little ACEO that a friend gave me - I keep it by my computer. It says 'keep the focus'. =) and it is a GREAT reminder!

*roflol* I think there is a blog post in there somewhere *winks*

Karen said...

Thanks Kathleen, it was a week packed full of intense instruction. It sounds like you are doing a great job with the journal!

merci33 said...

Love these three levels of involvement...I can only imagine how exciting it must be to work as you do...love love love your horses...I think horses were the first models for me as a child...and I'm still in love with them...lucky you.

Kathleen said...

I am having fun with my journal, thanks =)

Karen McLain said...

Thanks Iona, I find such beauty and harmony alive in the horse. When I paint them, I feel like I am truly in the moment.

merci33 said...

I can see how tapped in you are by looking back through your posts and seeing the fabulous life force that your brushstroke and gesture connects to...
I keep my focus by posting my weekly schedule. I'm also good at screening out distractions...though I am cutting myself some slack during Triage :-)

Nishant said...

It says 'keep the focus' and it is a GREAT reminder!
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