Easy Aussie Art launched with a bang!

Saturday was the very first session in my new series of 2 hour lessons. A big "THANK YOU" goes out from me to the students who brought along a bundle of enthusiasm!

Check out their awesome results. > > In just 2 hours! < <

Student version of 'Fagan Park in Galston - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis' - painted in just one 2 hour session!.
Student version, completed in a 2 hour session!

Student version of 'Fagan Park in Galston - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis' - painted in just one 2 hour session!.
Student version, completed in a 2 hour session!

Student version of 'Fagan Park in Galston - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis' - painted in just one 2 hour session!.
Student version, completed in a 2 hour session!

You got Rhythm

This is a play on the title of the famous song from the 1930's "I got Rhythm" by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira.

That song was so popular, and so well constructed it became the basis for many other songs. The chord progression is known to jazz musicians as " Rhythm changes" and became the basis for many jazz instrumentals.

Gershwin was a Tin Pan Alley songwriter who later composed one of the most popular piano concertos of the 20th century, the jazzy Rhapsody in Blue.

Story telling

The late Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb
The late Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb

I talk about story telling in all my art classes. Here is a piece of pop music story telling expertly and wittily explained by Mark Steyn: Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Webb and the utility worker.

Excerpt: " I had been driving around northern Oklahoma, an area that's real flat and remote – almost surreal in its boundless horizons and infinite distances."

"I am a lineman for the county
And I drive the main road
Searchin' in the sun for another overload..."

12 rules for efficient learning in music

1. Select your field of interest

"If music cannot qualify for you on the three grounds of ... interest, and personal value, you should, perhaps, avoid it..."

"In music, select first a general field and within this field from stage to stage a specific aspect or content which you desire to master."

"Knowing exactly what is to be learned is the first stage of mastery..."

2. Intend to Learn

"This does not mean an occasional or sporadic intention but a firm decision to give continuity of effort until mastery is attained."

"Occasional intention is ruinous because tends to destroy what has been attained."

"The intentions that count in life are habitual. ...When the intention to remember has become a habit, you will have the feeling mastery and joy of achievement."

Read more: 12 rules for efficient learning in music

3 pillars of Art

In each Paint a Masterwork session I talk about the three pillars of art:

  • Method
  • Technique
  • Repertoire

... and then I encourage everybody to do go and do a lot of simple paintings.

Well, I guess it's not that easy, even to do a simple sketch painting by yourself is difficult for the time-poor today. So I have introduced these 2 hour sessions. Most of you can put aside 2 hours now and then.

They are simple paintings, we will do them step by step together, and you'll notice your technique and confidence improving each session.

Check them out here: Easy Aussie Art.