Online: SERIAL / POETIC

In Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Mark Doty writes about seeing and the rewards of looking and looking again. He writes at the ending of the book:

“What makes a poem a poem, finally, is that it is unparaphrasable. There is no other way to say exactly this; it exists only in its own body of language, only in these words. I may try to explain it or represent it in other terms, but then some element of its life will always be missing. It’s the same with painting. All I can say of still life must finally fall short; I may inventory, weigh, suggest, but I cannot circumscribe; some element of mystery will always be left out.”

We will contemplate Doty’s suggestion to look toward the unparaphrasable, by making series of paintings in dialogue with the same subject, idea or process, with the goal of discovering ineffable qualities in our work by returning to, reengaging with, and advancing our subjects over a week’s time.

This workshop will use Zoom for two six-hour Saturday sessions. The first Saturday is focused on learning from several artists (and poets). We’ll consider and make work in dialogue with their thinking. During the week, participants will be encouraged to continue working on their own (as time allows) and everyone will schedule an individual consultation with the instructor. The following Saturday is focused on more consideration of artists relevant to the group, continued studio work, and a final group review.

Workshop participants don’t need to have a studio, but should have a workspace (inside or outside) that has internet access or data access for an on-going Zoom call (computer or phone). The course is open to artists of all levels, who are interested in oil painting, acrylic painting, or multimedia approaches. Ideally you should have some familiarity with the materials with which you choose to work as material demonstrations are somewhat ineffective over Zoom.