Masters In The Making
I looked forward to TRAC for months so much so that I feared disappointment. Much to my surprise it was better than I imagined. The registration process went well as we were just receiving our first tools in a bag of information and our tickets for each event. From the first night at the Outdoor Reception at the Crown Plaza on Ventura Beach with Jazz Musicians from CLU and Wine tasting of Herzog Wine Cellars I was busy networking with some of the worlds top artists and professors.
Of course the CLU Art Department was heavy with an outstanding showing of support and I was to learn of how luxurious and grand we were to be treated as the days went by too, quickly. The Organizing Committee left nothing to chance. The TRAC schedule included 4 featured presenters. Two for Monday and Tuesday and all before lunch.
I have had some experience with painting in oil as well as some classes but have not painted in over 30 years and recently took it up again. I being in need of some direction and pointers chose on Monday to hear Vern Swanson PhD who among many other outstanding accomplishments is listed as from Courtauld Institute of London and director of Springfield Museum of Art, Utah and renowned art critic.
Tuesday it was Virgil Elliot a famous painter and writer of advanced techniques and concepts from the Renaissance to the present and a expert on artist paints and materials. As a Master Cosmetologist and Psychologist and having always enjoyed “ the science of beauty and cognition” it was a match made in heaven for me.
I was riveted by the depth of knowledge and humbled by the character of both these speakers. Neither showed pretense and were approachable and willing to share their values and concepts. I did not have to wait to speak to them – it just happened. Vern even took the time to critic my work and figure out where I was going wrong with my materials and lack of a sketch book that has been long since abandoned.
There were papers to be presented and I was heart broken and divided but settled on demos from Alexey Steele on drawing of a male model. His lecture and presentation helped with my problem of fore-shorting and I have been able to correct a painting, since. Tony Pro’s portrait demo on Monday afternoon was beautiful in his use of cool and warms colors and has given me the courage to expand my range to use a broader pallet, with finer strokes and blending brushes.
At the off site tour to the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oxnard I was so lucky to bump into Vern Swanson and we had a delightful time. Fortunately, I had been to Michael Pearce’s opening of
Emblemata and had listened to a radio blog and knew a little about his work. But, I was still learning from my now personal tutor, Vern. What a gift he gave with his sharing and I can only pray that I will live up to his expectations for I am working very hard to do so. I am even feeling a little bitter for stopping to write this paper but I do have much to say as to thanks for the TRAC2012. So, I must balance.
As great as all that was I think the highlight of my experience on Monday’s schedule was in David Kassen’s demo that evening. This young man is fearless and has the heart of an old soul. His work in it’s simplicity is complicated in completion. How can I describe him except to say that he has an uncanny since of beauty coupled with wisdom. He is selfless and sublime – an attitude that is seldom seen in today’s youth.
The highlight of Tuesday’s packed schedule was Jeremy Lipking’s demo. I only meet him briefly a couple of times but was able to get a seat to his left and see and talk with him. This engaging and extremely talented young man showed us his ability and dedication to precision and execution to form and his accuracy was spot on.
There is so much more to say what with Keynote Speakers, Panel Discussions, Papers and the closing remarks but it would take me days. Sadie Valeri is fantastic artist and moderator and the discussions gave us all time for pause, reflection and a desire to do better than ever and determined to show the world we are headed in the Right Path and have what it takes to be MASTERS in a time of deconstruction and modern thought.
'Ivan Albright and Charles Ray' presented by Edgar Bryan September 29, 2012 0 comments