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"The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it."
-Steve Vai

Monday, March 7, 2011

New course!

I am so excited!
Debating how best to spend my tax refund, I decided to invest into my future, and into my artistic development. (That, and a new light for the studio/easel.)
I investigated several options, and made a decision. I committed to a 3-year online self-study painting course. I looked over the course materials, and while some of the foundation stuff will be (well-deserved) review, I think this course will 'fill in the gaps' nicely, helping to 'round out' my knowledge and skills. There are some topics that have similarities to my previous training, but come at it from a slightly different angle. The sections on color look awesome, and I can always use help with color.
A lot of the course materials deal with learning how to 'see' - and how to better understand what you see - more accurately. Brilliant!
The added benefit of daily discipline will help to gain some forward momentum.
I started on some basic 'notan' (b&w value pattern) studies this evening, and I'm liking it already. I am looking at paintings by masters like Sargent, and seeing how brilliantly the values are organized, and realizing how a well-constructed value pattern really has an impact on a painting, really pulls it all together.
More to come as things develop...