|works in progress - each 24 x 24 oil on wood panel|
Everyone works on something of their own interest in my groups. It's exciting for me to see what inspires each person, and to share some tools that might aid them to find their voice through their painting process. I don't give a lot of instruction on technique, because I never feel like there is one solution or one rule to be followed. For me, a painting is a conversation, and you can't tell someone what to say. How to say it, now that is something that can be learned.
Demonstrations are probably the best way to find out how an artist employs techniques that work for them. I think when you're learning painting, the best thing you can do is study from a variety of artist teachers. My experience in taking workshops myself is that you absorb especially the techniques and methods that resonate with you. You take from it only what's really important to you... perhaps using it and employing it yourself for a while, til you discover what to keep and what to let go. There will most certainly be techniques and methods that you want to let go of, just as much as there is those you value. Taking workshops is a good way to build your own handy toolbox of techniques and philosophies to use as you need it.