| 07 February, 2012 19:17
Today was the second day of a 2-day workshop with Texas impressionist landscapt artist LaNell Arndt. It was exhausting, but well worth the effort. Posted here is my day 2 painting. Yesterday's painting wasn't nearly as successful as this one. I was fairly pleased with today's painting, even though there are some things that still need to be fixed. I think it has a real feel of central Texas landscapes. I will make some adjustments before I call it finished.
There were eight of us in the workshop, and LaNell gave us each plenty of one-on-one time, as well as doing some informative lectures, discussions and critiques. We were all outside of our comfort zone, but I think each of us ended up with some satisfactory paintings and a lot of new techniques to work on. I'm tired, but it's a happy tired.
I've met some wonderful artists doing plein-air painting and taking workshops. I hope to be able to count them among my friends in the future. My experience with each one has added to my painting in some way . From some I have gleaned tons of knowledge, from others I may have taken away just something small. But I'm grateful to all of them, and I hope what I am learning will begin to gel my own style. I'm still experimenting, but I think I'm getting closer to what is going to be my own recognizable style of painting. At least I hope so!
Everyone needs to keep learning and keep growing. I never want to stagnate, and I always want to push the envelope. I want to push myself to get better, but I do want to develop a recognizable style - something that people will know is mine the minute they look at it.