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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rubbing Elbows With the Masters

I learned a new thing not to do this week - noodling! Today was my second day at a workshop taught by OPA signature member Kurt Anderson in Dallas. Kurt showed us how to make effective use of the side of the brush to draw in lines against the form, rather than follow the shape ad infinitum, aka "noodling." As you can see from just about anything I've painted, I am a master noodler. I have some unlearning to do! Also in class today, speaking of legendary painters, I had the honor of painting with Ann Hardy, another OPA dignitary and someone who lives not so far down the road by Texas standards, right down yonder in Colleyville.
Kurt's knowledge base is extensive, as you can see from his web site. He is a very giving teacher, and is friendly and approachable. Here is a quote from the master teacher Kurt Anderson (this stuff just falls out of his mouth; this guy needs to write a book!):

"Get beyond tactile preconceptions of the objects we're painting and think abstractly and allow the truth about the objects to come through." -Kurt Anderson

At left is a picture of one of the most gifted painters I have ever met, Ann Hardy. Ann has an eye for subtle, beautiful color that really can't be explained in words. Take a look at her web site and you will see why she has won so many awards. Ann is currently working on her master's and teaching young people the wonders of art.

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