“No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.” Claude Monet
I started painting at age four and created my first masterpiece when I was 16. Wouldn’t that be something? Obviously, that is not my story (Ken who?) but I will say that I have always been drawn to art and always had an itch to paint.
Although I did some art projects as a kid and took art in high school, I didn’t really pursue it. In college, I briefly thought about majoring in painting but laughed it off. The starving artist life didn’t appeal to me. The itch to paint, however, continued.
I finally scratched that itch when I became an English teacher. While attending a week-long yearbook conference, I roomed with an art teacher. His enthusiasm for art was contagious and I was soon drawing again. Before long I was painting.
But painting without instruction is futile, at least for me. I took a watercolor class but was lost. I took another and became frustrated. One day I turned on the TV and saw an episode of the Jerry Yarnell School of Fine Arts. I actually understood what he was saying and tried carefully to apply the concepts. I continued to watch his show and bought some of his tapes. I painted and painted and painted.
Something was missing though. I took more classes from other painting instructors but still something was missing. When Jerry started his Yarnell Certification program, I thought, “Why not? The price is reasonable and I really want to get better, take it to the next level. “
Completing Landscape Painting 1 has opened my eyes. I think I now understand what Monet is saying above. I have always thought it was about copying—making an exact copy. Jerry is helping me to see what Monet believed. Slowly, very slowly the light is coming on. I want to continue taking classes with Jerry and hopefully I can take it to the next level sometime down the road.
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