Nindut(maganda) imong painting, dong! Nice to see someone else posting here as well.
I never had Richard. Someone told me he was intimidating so I ended up having Mary 3 times in a row. In retrospect, I wish I had taken a class with him.
Also, I’ve never been to Purgatory. I’m not much of a skiier. I’ve only skiied once in my life and that was with Dwight Harmon. Do they not sell oils and acrylics in Purgatory?
Gouache rocks. It’s truly a mobile medium. I’m kind of using it right now to deal with my weaknesses in oil as I have similar problem issues regardless of what medium I use.
The thing I like about water based medium, or at least the way I use them, is that I try and let them do what they want to do on the board. I try not to ‘force it.’ The nice thing about oil is that it ‘obeys’. But also the worst thing about oil is that it ‘obeys.’
I look at it like ballroom dancing. As the man, you can lead the woman all over the floor, but sometimes you wind up with a woman who has ‘personality’ as opposed to a woman who just follows your lead. The woman with personality, does what she wants to do within the framework of the man’s lead, but in doing so, she makes the man look good in the process. A smart man leading a woman with personality will tone down his moves so that the contrast will show off the woman more, i.e. it will seem like he is bringing this out of the woman. A man who is a beginning dancer or a control freak might be wigged out by a woman with her own will and try to corral her into doing what he wants as opposed to doing what she feels is ‘natural.’
As a woman, what I’ve been told by my dance partners, is that there’s nothing better than a man who is a great lead. There is an electricity when you dance with someone you’ve never danced with before and if you both have enough dance mileage, that instant trust or ‘connection’ can be better than sex. As a man, when you run into a new woman who trusts your lead, without question, that’s a real confidence builder. In that sense, I try to ‘lead’ the paint, but also I try to let it do what it wants to do for me. I try to let it show off it’s personality. I try to let the really basic stuff slide to the back of my head and I focus on the feeling I get from the model and I try to carry that through in the painting. To me, this is no different than getting a feeling from song and trying to carry that through in a dance with a partner.