Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rothkoesque

My first humble experiments with lesson 3's Color Field work.  These little guys are just 5-1/2 inches square.

For my money, Jane's entire 6-week class could be focused on this one area.  I'll be doing a lot more experimenting here.  Did a few larger pieces yesterday, but I'm still working out the color thing.
 
I decided the other night to not take any more online classes for a good while, maybe the rest of this year (possibly forever?).  There's so much meat in both Dynamic Composition and Extreme Composition, that I likely have enough to work with for the remainder of my painting career. 

Somebody, please, pinch me if I make noises about wanting to take another online class.  The same goes for the other things I do, actually ~ book making, art journaling.  I have enough information.  I've just got to use it.  There's no way to get better at something than actually doing it...as opposed to learning more about it.

18 comments:

ileneharris said...

Oh, yeah. I totally understand. But never say never. The feeling of being overwhelmed by information is temporary. On the other hand...

Love You!
Ilene

Jacki Long said...

Very, very Roth-koesque and aren't they wonderful! I envy your class taking, but also agree that you already have such talent and innate knowledge. I won't pinch you, but I am anxious to see whatever you do next Connie, as I know it will be terrific!

Meg Fowler said...

I love all that you have been doing in your classes and look forward to seeing what you do with what you have learned! I'm sure you will expand this knowledge and make wonderful art! I understand fully being overwhelmed with commitments and wanting to just curl up and do your own thing. I'm going through that myself right now.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I read that the second step in the creative process is the "gathering, research" step ... a lovely place of learning and promise. I like this step so much and enjoy returning yet the moving into the third step of "doing" is nice too! Good journey ahead!

Sandra Rude said...

I really like 1 and 3 (especially 3). You're assembling a lot of techniques that (you're right) could keep you busy for a long time. But each class has been unique, so I'm not sure it is necessary to forbid yourself more "stretching" exercises.

Karen Isaacson said...

I felt this exact same thing when I took this class last year. Watching you go through it makes me want to pull out my pdfs and dig deeper into these exercises.

MegWeaves said...

Understand what you say. But I so enjoy learning about the classes you take, also, so I don't mind either way. :->

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Oh yes, I understand and feel the same way.... but today ordered two new instruction books from North Light.

Jeannie said...

I love the Rothkoesque pieces!!! I know what you are saying about classes. I have been really disappointed in a couple I took last year. It was mostly my fault since I had to be away so much. I decided that I wasn't going to take anymore and then I saw your Thread that Weaves artwork and decided that it would be the class I wanted to take this year. :) I guess I just love to learn and must accept it. But, I also have to work on my own. To take what I learn and use it, make it my own. There is so many new products and ways to use them, it could become a full time job. (and what a job that would be! LOL!)

Roberta said...

I know what you mean Connie. This class has really been a struggle for me in a good way. It is just me and the brush and the paint. No collage, no journals, no bookmaking supplies. Just me and the brush and the paint. In a way I feel like I left my soul mate and now I am finding my way back. Your work is lovely. Just keep on going. Don't stop. That is the key.

Jeanne Aird said...

I understand what you're saying. It's so easy to sign up for yet another class or buy yet another book in mixed media, quilting, etc., but you get to a point where you realize you probably already know what's going to be taught and why not just experiment with the materials yourself and save some money so you can buy more art materials or fabric . Then again, when you sign up for a class, it forces you to play in a certain direction, whereas on your own, God only knows what distractions will keep you from creative play. Thank you for sharing your assignments with us. I love the one with rust colors in the lower part. I could see that being much larger.

Charlton Stitcher said...

I'm with you in that you can sign up for classes that take you in too many different directions at once but I also think the right class at the right time is worth every penny however much knowledge you already have. Perhaps I just enjoy the learning process and the chance these classes give to be single-minded. Still, I no longer take all the workshops on offer locally or online, preferring to go only with those that really interest me or seem relevant at the time. Those I do take I find really stimulating as they concentrate the experimenting for me and speed up the learning.
Like everyone else here I really enjoy seeing what you are up to and find your painting experiments most stimulating ... I wonder often how it would all fit in with my textiles ... Maybe sometime I will find out!

jenclair said...

These are beautiful--simple, elegant, and strangely haunting!

I can understand that more classes at this time might take time away from experimenting with all you have just learned.

Maggi said...

I hadn't noticed the title of the post and was thinking how Rothko inspired they were!

I think we are all guilty of doing a class and then moving onto another without really exploring what we have learned (at least I am). Definitely something to think about.

john said...

These are so rich. I hear you on taking classes. I do love to take them but now my repertoire of skill needs to practice. That said, I am taking a year long Carla Sonheim class and I am taking four in person classes this year. :-)

Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen) said...

I love the texture of these. Very rich.

Never say never... Personally, I never get tired of looking at books and blogs on technique, even though I know I have enough know-how in my head already to last forever. But, yes, definitely, actually doing is the best form of instruction!

Leslie said...

Amen to the 'doing' more instead of 'acquiring' more. All of these are neat. The old, worn textures really appeal to me. I'm not usually a red/white/blue fan but like both of those almost as much as the last one.

ingridp said...

Oh how beautiful and minimalistisc!
I am with you on having the information you need for a long long time ahead. I too need to do some work and use all that information I have gathered inside my head. I need to transform it to be mine.