- CLASSES 2021
- Update on new classes
- In Person Workshop!
- Patreon Art Club on line
- Ancestor Revival
- Oakland Blog
- The Art and Science of Watercolor
- Botanical Painting
- Paint supply list
- John Singer Sargent: Copies for sale
- Watercolor Mini Lessons
- Should I take a class?
Reflections on 2020 lessons learned
and looking ahead to: continued zoom, outdoor, and in studio classes
FROM THE PAST YEAR I HAVE LEARNED:
*Resiliency: converting to on line classes: more fast track ways of getting to the zone - that right brain state of mind where the art becomes self-generating.
* Perspective: identifying what is essential in learning
*Reconfiguration of teaching methods: building a catalogue of podcasts and videos
*Adaptation: constant adjustments to new format based on student reactions
*Time management in a shifting circumstances: Long stretches of empty time interspersed with crisis. I kept busy last year with various painting and writing projects, one was painting my ancestors from old photos.
My Patreon.com/wendysoneson art “club” has grown this year, a place where you can receive regular postings in the form of videos and audios, as well as news on my newest projects. Different subscription levels provide workshop access and discount on private lessons.
While it's true many had trouble this past year concentrating on something as demanding as watercolor, many of my students have been learning just by watching. I believe they will be intrigued enough to follow through with their visions in some creative way, even if not watercolor. I now see there is equal value in viewing high quality fine art with rapt attention, or just looking at the world, especially nature, with artist eyes, and that both promote the fine arts approach as much as actual painting. A great resource for looking at art is Google Arts and Culture.
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I do miss the walkabouts I do in my three hour in-person classes, as well as long intensive workshops days. I enjoy seeing paintings being born and the endless variety of the artist eye. Everyone sees the world differently, and there is magic seeing that emerge. I treasure the silence when a room full of twenty painters are all absorbed in the process and I know they are exploring and discovering colors and shapes. In the classroom, I can catch the fledgling new painter who looks about to give up, and try to keep them going. Then there are the moments of exhilaration when someone discovers a new way of seeing or using the paint, which I know will change their life forever.