For anyone that has ever been interested in taking the workshop from T. A. Lawson, I'll tell you it was the most intense and inspiring week that I can remember in all of my art career! He is an incredible artist and equally as incredible a teacher - not for the Sunday painter - for those truly looking for their voice and willing to work hard for it. He and his entire family, especially his beautiful and accomplished writer/wife Dorie, give generously of their time and efforts to all. He took us to wonderful locations to paint and opened his farm to us on the last day to paint horses, sheep, chickens, dogs, barns, and a plethora of beautiful Maine coastal and tree-filled landscapes. I cannot even put to words the experience of all I learned - hopefully it will show in my next body of work. And did I mention new friends? I stayed in a three bedroom late Captains house right on the shore of Rockport with Lori and two new best friends, Jerolyn Dirks and Nancy Becker. We stayed up late every night talking art, rehashing the lessons of the day and other art business and looking at art history on the internet. Needless to say, we were all the best of friends by the time the week was over. Now we'll Skype while we work to stay in touch.
So back to work I go. Color charts are coming (linen on the way via UPS) and sketchbooks in hand. I came back with the attitude of "from this day forward". I'm trying a new way of working, a new routine to see what changes come about in my work. I do feel like I was already heading in that direction, my priorities not necessarily based on technical proficiency - more on the heart and attachment. Who knows, maybe it will come through and maybe I'll come short of my expectations but I will try, try, try again! This little engine will keep going :) Maybe a more mature composition and more mature color choice are on their way!