College is not enough
For anyone who went to art school, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the Old Masters - only to came out with a degree and no painting skills... this blog is for you.
I was in my junior year at Otis College of Art and Design when a group of students from Pasedena Junior College transferred into Otis with mad painting skills. While I was pretty good at talking about painting (I wouldn't give that up for anything), these new students made me painfully aware that I was unable to create the work that I wanted to produce. I knew I was going to have to find another route to learn the skills I would need if I was going to find any satisfaction in my own work.
So here I am, after life happened and I quit painting for several years, finally setting out on my journey again to learn to paint. A serendipitous turn of events led me to a small school called Kline Academy. Located just north of Culver City here in Los Angeles, Kline Academy rests in a small apricot building on Motor Avenue.
It was founded 5 years ago by Cheryl Kline, petite, gregarious woman who has studied painting around the world. She wanted a place where anyone could go to learn the classical approach to painting. I needed a job and just happened to have the odd mix of qualifications Cheryl needed to help her in the office. I was hired and started immediately doing admin work and shooting and editing video.
I was intrigued by the quality of work I saw the students producing. Often after just one or two classes the students would walk by me with artwork better than anything I'd produced at Otis. I knew these were the skills I needed to move forward. I could see the struggle in my own work and it was getting in the way of the beauty of the images I was trying to create. I decided I was going to take classes as soon as I could.
The following posts are a chronicle of the journey I am just now starting. I want to learn to paint. You get to start with me from day 1 and hopefully I won't embarrass myself too much by posting my work here for all to see and judge. But I do want people to see what I have seen... the progress made by students of Kline Academy, Otis and my journey to learn to paint. If they can do it, hopefully I can learn to do it too.
Wish me luck...