The beauty of Art & Soul 2017 was that not only did I get to teach, I also got to LEARN! I signed up EARLY to be able to take classes from two teachers that I greatly admire: Jenny Doh and Jesse Reno. Both of these artists teach what I call process painting - the building up of layers and then pulling something out from it. Their styles and techniques are very different, though, and it was very valuable to me to take both classes. But CHALLENGING!!! I find process painting very fun but very difficult in the latter stages. It's hard to see your canvas go through some really ugly stages. My canvases were SO ugly sometimes that all I could do was laugh, and push on. It's also hard to let go of some of the marks that you like, but you know that if you don't do it you won't reach the maturity or the message or the potential that you believe is there. I have a long way to go, but it is good to begin.
Jenny Doh is a fabulous teacher, very knowledgeable, discerning, and encouraging. I very much appreciated that when we asked for help, she drew from us our own thoughts, feelings, and concerns before making suggestions. I would love to learn more from her!
JesseReno was fantastic, too! He oozes with his own passion for painting and expressionism. His techniques are immediate and raw, and he brings out a sort of mysticism or spirituality replete with symbols that I enjoy. Humor-wise Jesse was on fire that weekend! It was a super fun class.
I feel so lucky - both classes were full of students who were so engaged and positive. What a great atmosphere for learning! Bravo, Art & Soul, for having such wonderful teachers!
Now to find the time to do more, more MORE!