I am really blessed to be a part of Joe Paquet’s mentoring program. I write in an earlier blog about hearing him speak at the Plein Air Art Convention and the impact he had on me. Among other things, he has taught me the importance of honing various basic skills, to reach a level of mastery.
Putting in the time, being true to the craft, studying hard, having something to say, the need to say it, and a unique voice to say it with are all important atributes in this journey.
I am seeking to find the voice of my own hand which can only be found by study and putting in the time. Van Gogh had the need to say something and he said it so beautifully in his work, which is uniquely his own. I love that.
I am thankful for artist that are gracious and share their knowledge.
In the blog post by Dena Peterson, “Ten Things I Learned From Vincent Van Gogh”, she touches on some of the ideas that I’ve learned from Joe.
All I've ever thought about and dreamed about, was being an artist and painting.