Sit under a tree, hold court and paint with me*.
The art of attention - I can’t drive and talk but I can certainly paint and talk as I’ve been doing that all my life, ever since I could hold a brush.
I’m going to recreate this painting and I won’t do it again (as I have so many other things to do!) so this is a unique opportunity to follow along with this journey as a private student and mentee in small, exclusive private group sessions where you can ask me absolutely anything at all. It’ll be diverse, but it’ll work. (I’m diverse, and I work.) This is special: follow along with art being made, live. I’ll grow the painting methodically while skipping around spontaneously. I’ll talk about my thoughts and tangent off into theory no doubt and pepper it with art history and sprinkle it not with sugar but the spice of life. There are enough subjects in this painting to focus in on a rock or a crown or a cloud or a flower or a monkey or a lion or… a floating island if that is the feeling in the group. Gayumars is teaching his courtiers how to weave, hunt, write, cook, fish, make fire and the arts of living. I’m teaching and transmitting the art of art.
You’ll see all the basic methods plus some new ones that even I don’t know yet - as I haven’t made the painting yet! Basically, I’m approaching this painting as an artist. This project is different to all the other classes (which are focused on a single element, or Masterclasses focusing on a single subject) - these are bespoke mentoring sessions where we discuss being an artist, the nature of art, the nature of creativity, spontaneity, university, the life and mind of an artist, the journey of an artist and craftsperson, career, goals, education, tradition, modernity, history, contemporaneity, spirituality, meditation, imagination, application, ambitions, options, exhibitions, professions, progressions, confessions, transitions, family, balance, pleasure, leisure, soul… all of this wrapped up in this painting recreation that I did once for my MA (and then was going to wash off, and then my husband stole it - ‘saved it’ - and now it is lost!) and studied for years and years after and continue to deepen my knowledge and love.
Welcome to the Inner Oval (can’t be a circle - look at the painting!).
Once a week sessions:
£180 for just 1 student
£95 if 2 students
£65 for 3 students
£50 for 4 students +
Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm GMT
Wednesdays 8-9pm GMT
I honestly don’t know when I’ll finish the painting. I hope it’ll be in a year. It may be less, it may be more. This way I can offer a year’s worth of teaching and mentoring. I am a long-term person (I’m doing a PhD in painting 1001 paintings!) and I really see it as investing in my people; I give them everything. This goes beyond the master-apprentice, teacher-student exchange as it is a real relationship I cultivate and develop with people and I genuinely care about them. I also understand that not everyone can commit to a year, so it’s not for everyone. Even the dates and timings don’t suit everyone. Maybe there should be a waiting list. Maybe it’s more fluid and people drift in and out, stop by for a time to listen under the tree in the shade, fill their cup and then walk off into the sunlight once they feel replenished. Always a rolling small and dynamic group. Maybe some students stay meditating under the tree in a yoga pose for the entire year - I don’t know. I know that I don’t want anyone to pay me in advance for a whole year. So I can be flexible on payment options - email me and we’ll talk.
Please note that this is not for complete beginners. (I love complete beginners! - they are welcome to join one of my other courses.) I already teach some cherished private students and I only have a small number of slots available, so this is a solution.
*Ancient way of teaching, sitting and pondering under a tree in the shade and oral transmission in comfort and style. No trees involved unfortunately, you’ll have to supply your own. “Tree” here means Zoom webcam as these will be delivered via Zoom, and you’ll be comfy in your own home.