Scott Christensen, oil on canvas, 2017,
I am now the proud owner of one of Scotts studies.
There are times when you need your cup of inspiration get filled up. This time I decided to go to Idaho USA, and participate in a workshop with Scott Christensen even though he has a totally different genre (mountains). And boy was I right. He is a true master but also a very humble artist and human being: a combination that shows in my eyes where the great artist can be found.
For everybody there is something different you pick up in a workshop. For me it was: stay curious, go and play with your material; make many, many small studies; different aspects of color theory; and sometimes you have to sacrifice one of the best paintings in order to become a great painter. Don`t play safe. He showed us his painting process and I still have the »No, nooo« and »oh , no, no, no« of the voices in the class in my head, when he changed parts of a painting he didn’t like but in our eyes were just fine. A couple of times I cringed myself. But this is necessary to develop as a painter and not to play safe.
These four days were filled with lots of theory and practice and I still have to consume it all in.That will take time till I finally come around to emerge new aspects into my own painting style.
Scott is not also a great teacher but a really good listener. He asked the right questions that made my soul spin around. I still am thinking about some of his questions.