Thursday, June 5, 2014

Syd and Friend

I took a Jesse Reno class at the Pacific NW Art School in May.  It was a great challenge for me and well worth it.  Jesse is an amazing artist and a terrific art teacher.  I probably struggled the most in the class because it was difficult to let go, but I did learn to not  hold onto something that I had created.  Paint it out if it is not working.  Something else will come up instead.  It took me five days to realize this fact.  I always figure there is a way to solve any problem.  Usually what I do is go on to something else and then a solution comes. Jesse just paints it out and does not wait.

It took him three years to master his process, three more years to practice, and three more to get to the point of satisfaction.  What could I expect in five days?  In my case I had three eyes that I really loved.  I figured that they would go together to make something if I waited long enough.  The waiting was over and one hour to go in the class.  I came up with Syd and Friend by just painting over.  Well, the "Friend" did not come until today.  Done!
Syd and Friend

6 comments:

amy of four corners design said...

wonderful! I can imagine it was difficult - I too just put projects aside, thinking it will work out later...and later never comes! and THANK YOU for the barn cards...and the lovely envelopes they came in!

Catherine R said...

Great fun and maybe a policy to remember, but only if it makes you happy and lets you make work you feel is you - that's my feeling anyway.

Connie Rose said...

That is VERY cool!!

Brian Kasstle said...

I love Syd, and the bird is great. That is the secret to classes. Letting go and just going with it.

irene said...

Jesse Reno is quite an experience and is so good at pushing boundaries. You did it and very well I might add.

tgarrett said...

This is so very fine John.