Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn, Teach, Share

The only way to get better at something anything, is practice, regularly, consistently.
Bobbi Levitt's painting and easel at Painting by the Pond
The best way to really learn something is to teach it.

And to find joy in something you need to share it.

I loved having my students at my home and studio last week for Painting by the Pond. It was exciting to watch everyone's work develop and I know for sure that teaching makes me a better artist. Takes me from auto pilot to being present, demands clarity and good communication, and I learn and am inspired from what each student, regardless of experience brings to the class.

Kay S. set up in the shade (smart lady) and
kept on going all week.

Milan's first oil painting...
"It was a wonderful, invaluable experience, an inspirational 5 days with a fabulous instructor and mentor who helped me to grow not only as an artist but as an art teacher as well."
Kathy N.
Kathy at work
So much fun we're going to do it again... look for shout outs about a Fall Weekend Workshop of Painting by the Pond. The colors are glorious and the fish are still active.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Over the Hump at the Pond

Today was Day 3 of Painting by the Pond. It was a picture perfect morning- the sun came out after some crazy storms last night, the humidity dropped (thankfully) and everyone is thrilled with the progress they are seeing in their work.  You can see why I love this place and I am so happy to share this with other creative, fun and supportive souls (on two and four legs!)
Bobbi's ptg. mid session of Day 1
water and plants are coming to life in her water
Kay found her place in the shade, a bench for her supplies - and
a friend by her side (look closely)
Kay's perspective on things
Milan, working with water mixable oils for the first time
is painting her passion...

Kathy is adding a bit of the tropics to Landenberg with a
vibrant palette
and Maggie, well after drinking half the pond water is ready for siesta