This is my place to talk art shop, muse upon various art related matters and show you my work.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
About my Workshops
I need to talk for a bit about my workshops.
I conduct a variety of them: encaustic, soft pastel, oil and cold wax, mixed media
In all of them I am focussed on introducing processes and methods of working.
The variety of mediums all require slightly different approaches. I am a materials girl. I am not concerned with having people work like me. In fact, I would prefer that they do not.
It is wonderful to come to a workshop to learn about a process. It is doubly wonderful to leave with a finished product. Does that always happen. No.
I believe that to bring artworks to completion requires time and a gestation period. Workshops are periods of new learning and immersion. We often don't know how to bring works to completion for months, sometimes years.
A great number of artists conduct workshops. And other artists take workshops to get inspired or to learn another artists technique- to pick their brains, so to speak.
It is a dilemma. I spend years working on a method of working. Teaching it exposes it to the public and offers it for " sacrifice". I spent years developing my graphite work, did not share it or teach it- and then I did- what happened was I saw lots of pseudo mira's being produced. It's hard-- Where does ego leave and generosity of spirit remain?
We live in a tumultuous time in which everything is photographed, mimicked and copied. We strive to make ourselves known. I cannot compete with artists who have a formula for producing a "finished product."