Hello all Painters!
This will be a series in which you will learn things about painting the Rusko-Berger Way. It's my goal and desire to make better painters, everywhere...because Painting means something to me. It means a lot. Why? Because Painting is important--and Painting done well is a sublime experience for both the artist and viewer.
Next to drawing (which occupies the baseline, most important spot in any Art), Painting is a natural extension. The basic fact is this: the human brain's perception of reality is a 2D phenomenon. Motion changes this, but a stationary set of human eyes & brain = 2D, for all intents and purposes...3D happens when and if you move.
In this series, I will cover a huge amount of territory; I will address the needs and questions of stone-cold "pre-beginners" (what materials to use and how/why), to beginners (what's important and what--of ALL the huge issues to--to focus upon), to intermediate painters (who need direction and crits along their paths --post or email me for crits), to advanced painters (let's shoot the shit and mix it up!).
I'm also going to use various examples of my favorite painters & paintings to illustrate my points, and I'm also going to solidly denigrate (with examples and reasons!) shite painters and paintings. The reason I'll do the second part is that there's a lot to learn from bad and/or half-baked paintings. That being said, I'm not going to get into discussion or defense or pissing matches about what I write when my knives come out; too much bad painting gets a pass, whether it's due to Art World Conventional Wisdom. or just plain Visual Ignorance. Have an axe to grind? Make your own post. I say all of this to lay ground rules so we can stay with the curriculum and remain focused, not to be a wiener.
To make this series quick and easy to use, I will title the posts appropriately and include the target skill levels I'm addressing. Some posts will span those levels--others may transcend them, but no matter what, I hope you'll keep a keen eye out for Usefulness--no matter the rubric I assign them.
To all my students: I welcome you, and I am very excited to share my thoughts and tips with you! All I ask is a serious desire to learn or improve, and to be open-minded when it comes to my method--it will be there in whatever madness ensues. This is going to end up be partially standard and partially free-form.
My best instructors were the toughest, an therefore the most helpful in pushing me. If you want to go beyond reading/lurking--and participate in public or private crits--you should be able to take direct, constructive criticism: I hold no hands. Equally, though, I am fair, reasonable, and I'll discuss your work with you in terms of your skill level. My biggest goal is to help all who are interested!
The first post (following soon) will include my quick bio, some helpful pre-requisites, and some general concepts, etc.
All the best, and I hope to see you here--it's going to be yummy!
p.s. Like all teachers, I'll be sharing both personal experience and an amalgam of things I've learned from others that I find useful; this series combines the best of both.
p.p.s. MODERATORS: I'm posting this in "Fine Arts". It's obviously instructional, but it's going to serve a much wider audience than if it were under "Community Education". I'm pretty sure the Post #'s bear me out, here!