Sunday, July 26, 2009
Last Day of My Summer Plein Air Class (Art 363- 3 units)
After eight weeks, my weekends are free again! Not that I don't thoroughly enjoy teaching this summer college class. I like moulding my students into good "liars". An art liar is capable of capturing the impression of things, be it buildings, people, plants, etc, etc. without having to get bogged down in tedious, time consuming details. Now I know that there are some of you that love the fine details, but if you want to go outside and paint something, you need to become somewhat of a generalist. The light is going to change radically in about a 2 hour time period or even less. There is no time for fine detail work unless you want to take a photo and finish up in the studio. But even beyond that, completing your art within a two hour time frame leaves you with a loose and fresh looking piece. Leave the finely tuned art for your studio, where, and as we all know, there are no bugs, gawkers, rain, hot sun (moving light source!), and such. Here is what my summer semester plein air students learned: ART IS AN ILLUSION SO BE A GOOD LIAR. "Portuguese Catholic Church on S and 12th Streets, Sacramento" 14"X20" ink drawing and watercolor wash on 140lb. cold press.