Thursday, May 21, 2015


Do I ever learn enough? The Answer is no and that is why you could find me at the Scottsdale Artists School this week. Matt Smith gave a three day workshop on landscapes. We did not do Plein air, but worked from photos that we brought. I learned a lot and now the trick is to absorb what I learned.
This is a painting from a photo I took last year at the Salt River. I had painted there in a class taught by Curt Walters years ago and was surprised at the change of the area. I was hard put to find a spot to take a photo and did this shot at the last as I didn't want to come home with nothing. Over time I found I was drawn to this image and wanted to paint it-perfect for the class. Matt gave me a lot of advice after I has about done- he made corrections on the piece and I think it really came together. I would never sign this as my work,but plan to do a larger one. I am so grateful to the training I have received from the school and hopefully will take another class this fall. Painting is a solitary business and I really enjoy the camaraderie.