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Today's note is inspired by a passage from Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne

It deals with the idea of beauty, something I believe in strongly and I feel it is an important aspect of living a full life as an artist.  Not all art must be beautiful, however for the art I create, beauty plays a paramount role.  Edgar Payne wrote about beauty and craftsmanship many times in this book.  Here are my thoughts on a particular passage.
1. Art Theory - Beauty
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne 
Ch 1:  The Approach to Art, Abstract and Visual Quality, pg. 20
I am in agreement with Edgar Payne’s assertion that beauty is always a paramount quality in both the visual and abstract sense, and in this, quality in the craftsmanship of a painting is required because a poorly painted painting is not able to express the finer sensations. 
 
To quote Edgar Payne:
 

“it is utterly impossible to feel quality in paintings unless it is first seen in a craftsmanship on the canvas.” 


We feel beauty through the actual seeing of beauty in actual things.

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I personally believe that beauty and the admiration of beauty is an integral part of our evolutionary selves.  And just with the everything else, the skill and expertise we apply to our efforts in creating art affect to expression and the perceived appreciation of our efforts.  

Beauty and craftsmanship are intertwined.
I am so excited about the upcoming classes I will be teaching starting in September 2019. 

The season starts off with a two-day workshop focused on painting metals.  Then I will continue teaching a weekly floral still-life painting class on Wednesday afternoons in Great Falls, VA, and I am joining the faculty at the Art League of Alexandria to teach a still-life painting class on Tuesday mornings, starting on September 24th.
 
Details are below :)
Come Paint with Me

Weekly Art Classes

 

Floral Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the natural beauty found in flowers and the vases they partner with, working directly from life using oils. Specific lessons will cover all aspects of painting with flowers, learning to work with the individual characteristics of the different flowers available for each season as well as working to capture the silver, pewter or glass vases they are in.  Alla-prima painting techniques will be taught and demonstrated to emphasize the importance of color and form when expressing the unique beauty found in flowers.  All levels are welcome, however some experience with oil painting and accuracy in drawing will garner more realistic representations.  Supply list provided upon request or with registration.  *During the growing season, flowers will be provided from the instructor’s garden. During the offseason, a flower supply fee will be collected to purchase fresh flowers.
 

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, WEDNESDAYS FROM 1:30 TO 4:30PM


Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the beauty found in simple things, elevating them into something more significant.  Still-life painting is fun in all aspects, whether you are exploring color, value, and composition, or whether you want to investigate how to paint the different textures and patterns found in objects, such as the shiny reflections of glass or the variegated colors found in a Macintosh apple.  Setups are designed to teach painting fundamentals such as: seeing the big shapes, analyzing value shifts, controlling edge quality, and color mixing.  All levels are welcome. 

TAUGHT AT THE ART LEAGUE IN ALEXANDRIA, VA, TUESDAYS FROM 9:30AM TO 12:30PM
 


Workshops

 

Painting Silver and Pewter with Oils

Join in on a 2-day intensive workshop focusing on capturing the dynamic and reflective glory of silver and pewter.  Painting metals asks you the artist to observe with intention while also seeking ways to simplify and abstract the color shapes seen.  Demonstrations will be given each day, with the first day focusing on laying in the base layers of oil paint, and the second day will show how to apply transparent and opaque glazes to further heighten the shine and visual depth found in silver and pewter objects. All levels are welcome.

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2019 FROM 10:00AM TO 4:00PM
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