Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mmm! Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI.

Mmm! Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency. Good views. Yummy food. Soulful people.

Oxbow is in Saugatuck, MI and is affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It has served as a retreat for visual artists since 1910. This past week, I took a drawing/painting class with New York artist, Jimmy Wright. He pushed me and challenged me in significant ways - allowing me to create some paintings that are precious to me.

From my journal:
No fear. That's what I say. Fagettabout it. It's Wednesday. I'm enjoying myself immensely. Finally a compliment from Jimmy Wright. So glad. I don't know him, but his eyes are flavorful. I'm up. Showered and dressed. Hair washed. Clean. I'm happy. Released. I'm blessed, so blessed. I can support myself. Breath. Breathing is good. Salads. Don't freakin' overeat already. OK. Arr. The only black woman here...

Here are some views of Oxbow and my first painting. Well not exactly - I had actually spent a day painting a still life of peaches which Jimmy abhorred. The next day he said, "No more peaches." He suggested I get out into the land. So this is actually my first finished landscape painting using the techniques he taught us.

More to come...

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