Skip's Studio Notes

  1. July Maine Workshop New Harbor

    At the mid point of the 2 week workshop, with an emphasis on WORK, the class thrills and amazes me and each other with their unique imagery. This most certainly is not your mother/fathers watercolor workshop. There is little talk about technique or materials. Only ideas are honored.     […]

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  2. June Workshop 2012

      I can report that after week 1 of a 2 week workshop the class is creating, thinking, working, and still have time to share an adult beverage and laugh.  The weather has been great with daytime temperature in the 70s. One day of cloudiness with rain after dark all […]

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  3. Rothko, Bellows, and Johns

    To celebrate Diane’s birthday, father’s day ,and my birthday, Diane, Carly, Joshua,(wife and children) with Jen and Scott (their sweethearts) spent the day in Washington, DC. Our plans included visits to the National Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, and Jaleo’s restaurant. The National has just acquired three of Mark […]

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  4. A Few Tips, Three Media,

    After 40 years of teaching I have seen thousands of good paintings that could have been great paintings but for poor paint application. Here are my thoughts on the 3 media I use when painting. Watercolor – Instead of flooding pigments with so much water that it looks like colored water, try bringing pigments […]

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  5. What Our Painted Images Represent

      What  Do Your Paintings Represent Every painting you make represents you.  One of my favorite quotes came from Willie Nelson when he asked this question of Nora Jones,”If all we knew of you was your work (art work) would be know you.”  Our representations are limited to imitation,  creation, […]

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  6. Apologies for my Absence

    Dear Faithfuls,  Please understand my absence is not for lack of caring.  I have been on the road for four straight weeks.  There should be a medal for this kind of dedication.  Actually I enjoy teaching and the chance to share my passion for making things.  Every class has it’s […]

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  7. Freedom From, so called, Facts.

        The very best days I spend in my studio are the days I paint without a thought as to how to paint. Several days ago, after having one of these magical studio days, Diane and I were sharing our usual adult beverage time, when I said to her, […]

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  8. Preparing For a Painting Workshop

        The decision to enroll in a workshop, with the investment of time and money it will require,  should be taken seriously. A little preparation can make the difference between happiness and disappointment. In  my experience students too often take workshops based on what the teachers paintings look like.. This is a […]

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  9. Exercising Your Artistic Eye

    If you have ever been guilty of making painting more complicated that it need be- try this approach. Find an object, preferably an object that is interesting in shape, trace it on several pieces of watercolor paper, canvas, or board and without looking at the object experiment with trusting your eye to […]

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  10. A List of Rules for Thinking About ART

    Diane Santarella , my creative and thoughtful wife, has this list hanging off her easel. She also has the list given to us by Richard Diebenkorn (That I will share later) .  The list is by Sister Corita Kent of  The Immaculate Heart College Art Department. I think it is worth […]

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