I just finished teaching a 3-day workshop here in Tucson for the Tucson Art Academy. We painted in the Catalina State Park, full of mountains, washes and cottonwoods. We painted a model in the courtyard of an old Spanish style church and at the ruins of Tumacacori Mission. Teaching forces me to carefully think about my painting process. First, to consider what the most important part of that process is, then to simplify it and make it understandable. Painting is simple, as far as shapes, values and color, but not easy.
Teaching keeps me from straying too far from the essential or basic parts of painting. I probably end up teaching myself more than students. If you’d like more information about the Tucson Art Academy, you can visit their website at www.tucsonartacademy.com.