10 RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM MY STUDIO
Busy preparing drawings to use as examples for my upcoming workshop DYNAMIC FIGURE DRAWING: 10 Essential Concepts and Techniques You Need To Know and Put Into Practice. To be held at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on October 4-6. I know! That is less than a week away. Come join the magic if you can. Contact SLOMA for more details and to sign up. © 2019 David Limrite
“When you start working, everybody is in your studio - the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas. All are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and there you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.”
John Cage, Musician
10 Random Thoughts From The Studio
1. Have an idea what you want your next painting to look like, but be open to anything happening along the way.
2. Start your next painting looser and more abstract than you are comfortable with. Then develop it from there. Regardless of your subject, style or technique.
3. Work from the middle of your subject matter, out. Rather than from top to bottom or left to right.
4. Shapes and value are your real subject matter. Always.
5. Include something unexpected in your painting. Even if it is just one surprising mark, texture, brushstroke, or a tiny fleck of contrasting color. Keep yourself on your toes.
6. Put yourself into your work. Each finished piece should look like it came from you. Be true to you.
7. Paint no matter how much time you have.
8. Don’t show people your new painting until you are ready for them to see it.
9. It’s not about your skill, talent or how beautiful the finished painting is. It’s about the fact that you painted.
10. Making art is a challenging and noble pursuit. Use this as motivation, and be empowered to create in spite of whatever else is going on.
Dynamic Figure Drawing:
10 ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS & TECHNIQUES
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
October 4-6, Friday - Sunday | More Details
Learn 10 essential concepts and techniques to create dynamic, emotional and expressive figure drawings and paintings.
Working from a live model, you will put these into practice to create your own dynamic figure drawings. The workshop will be geared toward drawing; however, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, ink, and mixed media (including collage) will be welcomed. If you are a beginner, drawing only is encouraged.
All levels welcome: beginner to advanced.
Praise from a Summer 2019 workshop:
“[I enjoyed] the whole weekend! Each lesson was fantastic. This was the best of all past [workshops]. Wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you.” ~ Jane F.
“[The] demos were great. [I enjoyed the] invaluable tips [and] David’s kind, supportive, teaching style. I cannot think of one thing to [change about the workshop]. Pretty much perfection. You’ve got this down!” ~ Lori W.
“We covered a lot, but I felt the lectures/demos all held together as a ‘suite’ and built on each other in a really useful way. Thought it was the best [workshop] yet. Looking forward to the next one…” ~ Cynthia A.