scrambled eggs; why workshop?
(artist, Thor Evenson)
I was lucky to squeeze into a painting workshop this past weekend in watercolor and field sketching with Shari Blaukopf.
Two days out in the wilds of Seattle streets with a group of energetic and talented artists to learn from the master; see how it’s done through Shari’s eyes, hand and soul.
I paint, not everyday (though I should), and I came to the class with ideas about my painting talents and concepts clear; the ‘bright egg’.
Painting plein air is difficult; all your senses are on fire; clarity on one thought takes discipline and soon that bright egg becomes, alas, ‘scrambled eggs’.
Painting after painting feels like a failure; the wind picks up, your easel falls over; you run out of a certain paint color; it’s drying too fast; the light is changing. ugh.
After 2 days, coming home, everything is stirred, cooked and overdone.
Here is what I discovered:
1. your feet are on the ground; you are fully absorbed and that stays with you, once back in studio your senses come alive again, the experience of place is in your soul.
2. the gift: one is given the following opportunities: to re-evaluate, to re-start, to re-group, to re-view, to re-fresh, to re-enforce and to re-vive!
ready for studio; ready to paint.
3. ‘beate me’: lucky me, I am painting.