I have been so inspired. Recently, in Texas, we have had Sorolla in Dallas, Sargent in Houston and Gerhartz in The Woodlands. I have learned from these three artists by studying how they process and organize light and temperature and values. I spent today with Sargent, saying good-bye and asking for just one more lesson; he never ever disappoints a person who asks nicely and listens carefully.
This is a crop of a painting I did from life while studying with Gerhartz, showing the play of light and shadow across the form of girl's head, that embodies many of the ideas I've been exploring this spring. Her face is illuminated by cool north light from a window and her hair is up-lit from behind with a hot spotlight, yet most of her face is not in the light at all. I love the extreme subtleties of form that can be turned within a color-value shape, just using slight shifts in temperature. If I learned nothing else from Sargent and Sorolla, I learned that there is infinite strength in restraint. I will be practicing this idea over the summer and I'll try to be better about posting on the blog and website.
I taught my last class of the semester this week and am looking forward to catching up on some studio work. I found out that Something Found was picked as a finalist in the prestigious Art Renewal Center's International Salon, so that's two international salons that the little Spanish lady did well in. She's back and available at RS Hanna Gallery now. Shannon has sold five of my paintings in the last couple of months so I know I've found the right place for my work. I love this time of year when all the quiet work of the winter is blossoming forth and bearing fruit!
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