Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Awakening the Spirit Within

Last year I received a Fellowship Grant from the Delaware Division of he Arts. It provided me provided me with the most valued creative opportunity. I participated in a 3 day Plein Air workshop sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League, taught by Larry Horowitz - this was my first painting workshop. The instructor was wonderful in that he encouraged us to push out of our “comfort zone” and experiment. What I admired most was the fact that he never applied his artist style on the students. The first 2 days of the workshop were very difficult for me; I was trying to apply my studio technique in the field. I realized by painting one subject multiple times the Plein Air style I was searching for emerged on it’s own! I have a newly found simplified style for capturing the fleeting moments on location. Prior to the workshop I was extremely frustrated with most of my Plein Air work.

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