Friday, November 21, 2008

The Learning Curve

Right now, as far as painting goes, I feel like I'm pretty inept. I've spent most of my "art time" these past 5 or 6 years doing digital commercial art, and now I feel like I've forgotten how to move oil paints around a canvas. But I'm hoping to change that this coming year. I'm planning to return to school to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Utah. If accepted into the program, I will begin classes Fall 2009. In the meantime, I have been accepted as a "non-matriculated" student and plan to begin a couple of graduate courses in January. It seems a bit nuts to go back to school at my age, but I can't seem to kick the idea that maybe I'll actually become a good painter.

Here's a recent painting. I'm not thrilled with it, but they say you learn to create good paintings by doing a whole bunch of bad ones.

2 comments:

Trudy Bentley Rech said...

Keep even pieces you aren't so sure about. They serve as a primer for the future. Often, when looking back work you might not have been so sure of immediately has more value with time.

I would be curious on what bothers you about this particular piece.

Kevin said...

Hi Trudy. When I start a painting, I have a certain vision for what I want to accomplish. Almost always, the image in my imagination is more vivid and powerful than the final painted product, and that leaves me a bit disappointed. I agree, after a month or two, or sometimes years, I can look back on a painting and think, "hey, that's not too bad." On this painting, I struggled getting some of the brush work and texture I would have liked.