As I grow as an artist, I find that I still need to connect with other great artists with similar interests. I really do thirst for knowledge to improve my skills as a non-full time artist. I recently took a workshop under Patrick Saunders in Dahlonega, GA at The Art Loft with 11 other great artists. I had been admiring his work for a couple of years before and was excited to learn he was doing a 4 day Artist workshop only 3 hours away from Hendersonville. I could not turn down this opportunity.
The first day (part 1 of 2) focused on learning to paint using photos as a source of inspiration. I brought an array of varying pictures from my personal collection of past trips and vacations I have taken with my wife. I somehow set my sights to paint something really hard while I had Patrick there to guide me through the waves of the artistic process.
I ended up choosing a photo I had taken when my wife and I visited NYC during the Memorial Day holiday that I have always liked. I would encourage anyone to take the time to visit NYC if they haven't had a chance too. I have always been attracted to pieces of art that contained people in them. They bring a life to any painting that landscapes a long I feel lack.
So I pushed myself to paint the hustle and bustle of the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.
Day 1 of workshop - Learning to paint from Photos (Painting 1 of 2)
Part 2 will be coming soon. We are going to visit yet another NYC landmark. Stay tuned!