This week we're switching up the format a little bit. For the past several newsletters I've conducted a lot of interviews, and I've also dedicated a lot of newsletters to one specific artist.
This differs from how I would normally construct my painting classes, because I usually wanted to show a wide range of approaches and techniques.
I read some advice about writing a newsletter that said you should focus on writing about what you like, and not try to guess what other people like. This is good advice to keep you motivated and keep you writing.
But in my classes, I used to show some artists I didn't care for because I wanted to see what people responded to. There was also a chance one of my students could see something in a painting would make me change my mind about it, or even about the entire artist.
Of course, there were other times when nobody really liked the work too much, and then I got to learn a little more about what people react to and why.