Narrative in Painting People, Places and Things: Mary Josephson
REGISTRATION STARTS APRIL 1, 2017
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CLASS SUPPLY LIST:
*At least 4 surfaces to paint on, one for each model. Possible sizes for canvas or panel: 16” x 20”, 18” x 20”, 20” x 24”, 24” x 30” or larger if desired. If you are stretching or cutting your own painting surface then bring what size you are comfortable with. Keep in mind there are 6 hours class time to work on each painting,
*Artists might also like to make small sketches or studies on surfaces 8” x 10” or 11’ x 14”
*Any paint the artist is comfortable working with, in as many colors as possible. Please bring 2 or 3 tubes of each color family: red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown. And a large black and white. Use paint brands you know.
*Medium to facilitate the viscosity of the paint and solvent (odorless mineral spirits) if using oil paint
*Brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes from 0 to 20 and larger if possible, flats, rounds and filbert styles, artist grade brushes are fine
*An ample palette for laying out an array of color and for mixing the paint, give yourself some room
*cloth rags or paper towels for clean up
*soap to clean your brushes
*A can with a lid for solvent
*two or three books for inspiration and sharing
*your determination, hard work, patience and good humor
As part of military family, which made frequent moves, constant change of scenery was very much a part of growing up. I learned to read people below the surface and make friends quickly. My childhood was spent in the desert communities of the American Southwest at a time when Western movies and television shows were at the peak of popularity so the bridge between what is real and imaginary was built for me at an early age. Exploration of the desert terrain revealed an adventure land teeming with life rather than the vast emptiness apparent upon first glance. The revelation that people and things may not be how they seem has been a life-long metaphor for me.
Living in the fertile San Joaquin Valley taught me an appreciation for the cycle of planting and harvesting. The United Farm workers boycotts of the 1960’s and 70’s taught an appreciation for honest labor and brought a rich mix of culture into my life.
Living close to the border between the United States and Mexico in Southern California taught me appreciate and respect other cultures and different modes of expression. It also taught me that basic human needs and desires transcend cultures.
My experience as a woman artist led me to focus on what it means to be a human, who happens to be a woman now, especially in a society where lasting physical beauty is paramount.
The love of color and form has permeated every aspect of my life from earliest memory. It is a very powerful weapon and tool.
Painting has allowed me to express how I feel about the world more clearly than any other mode of communication. Through it I am able to express what is constant about the cycle of life and what continuously rings true although metamorphosing and changing.