Linda, Becky Lu and Randy were all there. Becky Lu was chatting with Linda about a recent Oil Painting Workshop she had taken under the tutelage of Laura Lanford and Randy was working on one of the pieces from his Africa series. Becky Lu seemed to have enjoyed the workshop though she was less pleased with her painting while there. "Too green," she said.
We then went on to critique Randy's piece for the coming Coterie / Writers collaboration. He had made some great strides since last week as he had shored up some of the issues with depth / distance that had plagued the piece last week by darkening the sky, eliminating a mass of trees and tightening the path to the cabin in the distance. While studying the piece, Becky Lu, Linda and I having all said that we enjoyed the piece (and its' direction) were queried by Randy as to how he could translate this nice picture into ART!? Hell of a question, dare I say.
We began with the usual pleasantries. "But Randy, it is art." "You're being too critical." Etc. etc. etc. As the responses were missing the mark, Randy extrapolated further. He liked what he had, compositionally, but felt that the piece lacked an immediacy that captured the viewer and wanted to know how could he get that with what he was presenting.
We pondered further and threw out the notion of attacking the cabin in the distance with strokes of pastel to show the aggression of a world set upon this solitary domicile. I believe we left it at that.
From there, Linda, Becky Lu and I chatted up the local figure drawing sessions that have been occurring at GHC on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 :) Both Becky Lu and Linda explained that they were unsure about attending the sessions. They would like instruction on how to approach drawing the figure before devoting time to doing so. Certainly understandable and, hopefully, we can setup an instructional session for Becky Lu, Linda and others so they may learn how to approach the figure in the near future.
Around this time (9pm or thereabouts), Becky Lu and Linda had to leave. Randy and I stuck around for about another 20-30 minutes with he, again, working on a piece from his Africa series and I working at my concept (below) for the Coterie / Writers collaboration.
Another good session!