It’s easy to get into a rut about mark making, so I think it’s useful to examine what it is we are doing and why.
Really stretch yourself here! Have fun and try to do it differently.
For this exercise we are going to bring our mark-making vocabulary into the landscape realm.
We’ll take our mark-making cues from the master by choosing a piece of Degas’ work.
Here is a perfect opportunity to bust out your biggest strokes and to play with all the modes of mark-making we’ve been experimenting with.
I’ve added both media and tools to expand your study of mark making. These demonstrations are meant to be jumping off points for you.
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Making Your Mark
I’m pleased to bring you this in-depth workshop, “Making Your Mark”! I created this workshop to help you further develop an individual voice or style as a painter which I think is something every student I’ve worked with wants to achieve.
Pianists often spend years and years developing a “touch”. This is different from the grammar or structure of a piece of music. It’s what makes us hear the difference between musicians playing the same piece. Miles Davis said “it takes a long time to play like yourself. “
If you’ve worked with me a bit, know that I’m a firm believer in mileage over talent. We need to put in our time and grade and we need to do it intentionally. Here’s where this workshop comes in.
I’m still fascinated by pastels and their ability to convene not just color, shape or things like depth, but emotion and mood. We can make a virtually an infinite variety of marks with these simple tools by altering the pressure, velocity and direction of our hand. But we want to have some control over this. To gain that control, we need to explore as many possibilities as we can.
We also need to distinguish between what might be our preferences (which are great and help us to hone our style) and our biases which could be holding us back or keeping us in a rut.
We are going to start by examining the four principle modes of mark making then we are going to put in quite a bit of mileage in combining them. Finally, we are going to revisit the idea of copying work that we admire.
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