One of my favorite things he shared was how his pastel technique first originated as a prompt he gave his students. He directed a group of stubborn pupils who would not vary their approach to over-saturated color by instructing them to do an entire drawing in charcoal before adding chalk pastel. In the posts here, and here you can see how he adopted the technique into his own practices.
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James Gurney was in town at MICA this Saturday and I totally missed it. I know a couple of students who might’ve enjoyed it.
Anyway, he posted video above and wrote a bit about how he defines the difference between sketch and a painting:
To me, a “sketch” tends to suggests a momentary glance or quick impression, executed freely and intuitively, without much thought to how it lays on the page. Sometimes a sketch is a means to an end, a planning stage or a first effort.
I also use “sketch” as a noun or a verb referring to any picture done purely from observation, regardless of media or level of detail. I like the sound of “I’m going sketching” better than “I’m going plein-air painting.”
A “painting” might have more consideration behind it, perhaps more thought of composition or overall effect. A painting might demand the use of better materials— a true sketch might be something you could draw on a shopping bag in the heat of the moment.
10 Pieces of Advice for Artists From Jerry Saltz’s Keynote Speech at Expo Chicago
1. Go to an art school that doesn’t cost too much. Those who go to Yale and Columbia might get a nine-month career bump right after graduation, but you’ll all be back on the same level in a year, and you won’t be in as much debt.
2. Envy will eat you alive.
3. Stay up late with each other after all the professors go to sleep. Support one another.
4. You can’t think your way through an art problem. As John Cage said, “Work comes from work.”
5. Follow your obsessions. If you love the Cubs that much, maybe they need to be in your work.
6. Don’t take other people’s ideas of skill. Do brain surgery with an axe.
7. Don’t define success by money, but by time.
8. Do not let rejection define you.
9. Don’t worry about getting enough sleep. Worry about your work.
10. Be delusional. It’s okay to tell yourself you’re a genius sometimes.
Representational to Abstraction via Picasso’s favorite animal.