I decided to create MA Studio to offer an alternative methodology to study art, one that can deliver the important academic teaching with the sensory and meditative learning process from mindfulness.
The path to becoming an artist is arduous, complex, and many times uncertain. It definitely goes beyond mastering techniques and knowledge. It involves discovering who we really are as a “maker”; what inspires us; our strengths and limitations; and the way we observe things and connect with them. This generates an accumulation of feelings that flow through our body and has a direct influence in our creative process, and consequently in the final work. This is what gives a work of art its life, the vital energy that is perceived by the viewer when contemplating our work.
In this occasion I am delighted to present the work of Mary and John, students of Course 2 who with their perseverance and regular practice have achieved a remarkable level of development in a short period of time.
My work is all about connecting with nature and being in the moment. I sketch with pastels, very fast and intuitively, colour over colour, reflecting what I feel as much as what I see. In the subsequent oils, I take my time, slowly building on the sketches, enjoying the detail and textures to create mood and depth.
My work comes out of a desire to share the joy I experience when light, colour, form and feeling all combine in a particular scene. I know I will ultimately always fall short, but if anything of it is communicated, that is enough. Most recently I have been using soft pastel, in part combined with the use of brush and water.
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