Come out and enjoy First Friday of the month at Sunset Center Art Walk. Sunset Center has over 80 Artist. Come and visit all the fine artist and galleries. Whether you are an artist or enjoy art, Sunset Art Center is a great place to spend an evening. My work ranges from Cartoons, Portraits, and figurative work with a few landscapes tossed in. Currently I am working on a pastel of Joan of Arc, and I have just finished a painting depicting a woman in a transcendental state.
Isn’t it amazing how much art is in our world today. Where ever you look, there are art clubs, schools, workshops, and so much for us to learn. The supplies at our disposal, the method of displaying our work, the abundance of information to learn. Surly, in the history of art and man, the opportunities to become artist, to communicate through our art has never been seen the likes before. The many contradictions, between what is art what isn’t art abounds. I have recently been blessed to have an opportunity to study under an artist who had his training in Eastern Europe. I was blown away to discover that in that world, many hours and years of training are required before an individual can call himself an artist. Whereas in the US, anyone at anytime can declare himself and artist. There is the crux, if we has individuals are born to create in any form, then why struggle to learn. It seems by mere observation, that if as an individual I can declare myself an artist, then do I need to struggle, to learn, to reach and try to perfect my skill to convey my thoughts through my art. I think so. I like that we should always strive to learn to become better with our tools, mediums, our understanding of the visual to tell our story.
This is a pastel I did called, “Shadow of the Dove”. It is an entry for a local pastel show. Notice the shadow cast by the hand. It is a shadow of a dove. I really enjoyed the way the colors made the figure come to life. I hoped it conveyed the sense we often feel when we need to reach out of human need for some greater strength.
“The Artist Model” Oil 24″x36″. The model has her foot resting on a seashell, which I found to be appropriate since it represented her coming out of her shell. While the artists are consumed with trying to capture her image, she is oblivious to their concentrations, she is deep in her thoughts.
This is a Pastel I did in our portrait open session we have at the school. The open studio is a great opportunity to work on creating work from a live model. I have seen such an improvement in my work since attending these sessions. We are very fortunate to have the open studio at Amarillo Art Institute.