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Q: What is the best way to reach you about your Coeur d’ Alene classes?
A: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208.659.5953.
Q: What forms of payment do you take?
A: Cash or check delivered to Redbrick Art Studio 602 E Garden Ave Ste 2, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83814, or contact me for a paypal address.
Q: What do you teach?
A: I teach basic beginning painting in studio and out of doors using exercises that go through the process of painting from drawing to design to color. I have foundational knowledge of what makes a painting “good” and I teach exercises for improving technical and compositional principles. I also am a certified facilitator of a process painting approach that is more intuitive. I work this knowledge into to each class and I also teach intuitive painting classes separately in Integral Painter Workshops.
Q: What is Intuitive Painting?
A: This is part of the artistic process one uses by following internal impulses, a *feeling* of what to do, versus using logical thinking or explicit problem solving. By experimenting with intuitive painting process you allow your self a freedom to invent and will improve your individual way of being creative or imaginative.
Q: I don’t think I am imaginative, will this type of class be a waste of time?
A: Often “non-imaginative” people seem to be able to visualize negative things just fine, and don’t realize that it still IS imagination. If you can imagine terrible things you can imagine great things! This format will increase your confidence in your imagination and ability to use it for creating personal and transformative art.
Q: What is Radical Nature Painting?
A: Radical meaning getting to the fundamental aspects of something. My method of painting out of doors is simplified and this enables me to get to work quickly and look for the information I need in an out of door study. I teach this method in my beginner classes. It also is about getting to the essence of nature through direct observation instead of translating a photo or inventing. I think nature studies are very important for artists and especially beginners.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I was first inspired by the massive landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt and then I discovered the impressionists and tonalists. Eventually I also came to discover and love artists like Georgia O’ Keeffe and Emily Carr. I never tire of looking at paintings by Monet or Inness and somehow those are my two major, if somewhat competing, inspirations. Monet for the colors and effect of energetic light, and Inness for the spiritual effect of light created by tones and brushwork. There are tonal Impressionsists.
Technical artist influence would be from John Carlson, Emille Gruppe, Scott Christiansen, Kevin MacPherson, and I am wanting to get into a workshop with Mitchell Alabala who teaches the concept of Notan along with other principles.
Q:Where can I buy supplies?
A: I recommend ordering from Dickblick.com. Michaels is okay for a local resource if you stay away from their student line, Artist Loft. Fred Meyer has some basics that have been fine, although limited in selection. Staples now carries a line of paint that is great for a student. Spokane Art Supply has a good selection of quality materials.