Friday, September 11, 2009

Weekend with the Masters

12" x 16" oil
I spent the Labor Day weekend, and a few additional days, in San Francisco helping our daughter move into an apartment. She graduated from college in June and has her first job in SF. What a great city. She took this painting with her!
While in SF I had lunch w/ fellow blogger Nancy Hartley.

I am spending parts of this weekend attending some of the events at the Weekend With the Masters at the Colorado Springs Fines Arts Center. This is sponsored by American Artist Magazine and has so many great artists giving demos, lectures, and workshops. Yesterday I attended Quang Ho's lecture: Nuts & Bolts: Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started Painting. Originally from Vietnam refugee who moved to the US in '75, Quang lives in Denver. Some oif this main points were:
-no shape, color, size in a painting should ever be the same
-strive for maximum randomness
-soften your edges
-flow--everything should be visually connected to everything else
-shape is the secret to painting (although he has other secrets)
-when you make a decision it's never wrong. it's wrong if you don't make a decision.

I took several pages of notes. Those are just a few hightlights. He also has a video w/ lots more information that I would love to see for review.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I'm so JEALOUS that you got to spend time in SF and got to meet up with NANCY!!! I ALMOST went there today! Tim's there spanning the weekend. But I have a big painting push for the end of the month, and couldn't go!!!! Thanks for sharing the highlights of the workshop/lecture, too. Good luck to your daughter!

Natalie Italiano said...

The information from Quang Ho is really interesting. I love the one about maintain maximum randomness. I'd love it if you want to write up more from his demo in another blog. Sounds like a great conference!

Pam Holnback said...

Kelley, If you get out there another time, meet Nancy for lunch. We had such a great time.

Natalie, It is a great conference, and I have so much info I'm sure I'll be quoting it in many future blogs.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Thank you for mentioning me in your blog! It was so much fun to see you in San Francisco! I loved it! If you have time on future trips, please let me know, and we'll do it again. Your time at the conference sounds wonderful! I am so envious! I love the info that you shared from the workshop!

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