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!).