It Starts with a Feeling: Painting Between Place and Memory

Great landscape paintings inspire memory and feeling. They reveal something of the painter’s experience, but also provide opportunities for a viewer to bring memory and emotion into the picture. Direct, spontaneous picture making (painting, drawing, photography) allows a painter to capture something ephemeral and unexpected, and slower work in the studio provides space for considered composition. Working within the Provincetown landscape, over five days we’ll build a series of twenty-five small, fast paintings and several larger works in the studio. Each morning, 10am until noon, we’ll meet in the field and build an archive of spontaneous pictures. Participants will be encouraged to also draw and make photographs in the field as time allows. After lunch, from 1pm to 3pm, we’ll meet in the PAAM studios to build larger paintings. In addition to making work together, we’ll look at painting together (both from the class and form the history of art) and discuss strategies for building evocative, exciting images. Some experience with painting is useful, but not required for this workshop.