On location, out in nature, artist Jill Berry works with oil paint and a palette knife to produce her impressionistic landscapes. She shares insight regarding her INSPIRATION and INTERPRETATION of the local environment in NW Florida.
Monday, October 24, 2011
David Leffel, Exploring the Possibilities of Paint
I was not privileged to attend the Art Students League of New York, or have the influence of great instructors such as David Leffel. During my 4 days of workshops at "Week End with the Masters" I was making up for lost time. In his class especially, I felt I was in the presence of greatness, many years of wisdom accumulated with brush in hand "exploring the possibilities of paint". Not that I aspire to paint in his style or even in the same genres- portrait and still life. He began with painting the form of an egg, then flipped the canvas vertically and turned it into a person's head (without looking at a subject, just knowing). I sat upfront, overlooking the glare on the surface of his demonstration. Even the paint application bowed to his explanations, reasoning, the whys, his description of edges as the soul of the painting. I kept pushing that record button to relive it when I need a creative fix and to share it with you... relax and enjoy. He sums up what I was feeling when he says: "I learned that from Rembrandt".