WOW! The whole experience was overwhelming in a good way. 90 creative people gathered together in a beautiful landscape. The classes were drawing, metals, glass, wood and fabric. I was in the drawing class with a fantastic teacher and artist Claire Sherman. My roommate was in the glass class. I loved it all! This blog will show mostly my art work. It will take another post or 2 to talk about the food and other things I did.
I am standing by my work for the showing of students’ work on Thursday night before we left Friday am. Claire Sherman the teacher was wonderful. She does large oil paintings and exhibits at the D.C. Moore Gallery in NYC. She teaches at Drew University. We started our class with Claire showing slides by artists throughout history working in landscape. Then we went outside to the rocks. Painting and drawing everyday using watercolor, pens, crayons, and pencils I quickly worked on my small studies. “Do 6 sketches before lunch”, Claire would say. Use good paper and good paint. What are you saving paper for?
I got quite involved with the idea of seaweed creeping around the rocks and into the sea. Seaweed became a fascinating subject for me.
The small sketches evolved into larger mixed media watercolor paintings. Claire encouraged us to take leaps pushing our ideas along. “There should be a difference between a photograph and a painting” she said. We looked at slides of work by Turner, Charles Birchfield , Hooper and Diog among a few. We also had reading homework every evening.
We read about VanGogh before we did a night painting. I started this night painting outside my cabin but the mosquitos attacked me so I went inside with the lights out to paint some more. I finished it the next day in the studio.
Lots and lots of painting of Deer Isle. Lots of climbing steps. Steps to my cabin, steps to the bathroom, steps to the studio, steps to the dining hall and steps to the parking lot. The 2 weeks spent here was a step into paradise. The paradise did include ants, mosquitos and laundry that would never quite dry.
Foggy days, sunny days and 1 rainy day.
I feel like I learned new things and had a great time. On my way home I visited an exhibit of watercolors by John Marin. He painted on Deer Isle, Maine. These are 2 of his paintings of Deer Isle.