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Sunday Afternoon Painting – VIRTUAL with Jonathan Harkham
Painting from what we really see (as opposed to what we think we see), we will develop an experiential painting process that relies upon the act of looking, and discover that by utilizing these means, our personal experience can at once be registered and preserved within the very paint itself. Using still life set-ups and live models (via Zoom), students will create experiential paintings directly from observation, to tell the story of mass, gravity, and spatial materiality. Starting with the rectangle and the four sides of a flat surface, we will search the forms and find pathways using objective observation to relate back to that rectangle. General information will give way to a very specific experience, once we lose our brain’s interpretation of what it is we are looking at and start to make marks that directly correspond to our own unique and true experience. Through these means we will explore the idea of “process” in painting from life and discover why it may not be necessary to regard “finishing” the ultimate goal, but rather to allow the process in and of itself to become the most compelling and meaningful aspect of the work.