I know Sam personally and I know her process well. It was still a joy to see her talk. Because she's a joy.
I was familiar with Benz & Chang's art, but not as familiar with the person behind it.
I now see Dave’s art in an entirely different way! So that’s always super cool.
But what I took away on a personal level are two really basic concepts, one from each of their talks:
Sam talked about an instructor she had once who encouraged that if you’re painting intuitively and an oversized head or hand or even a big shoulder emerges...just ALLOW it to be a big hand or a big shoulder!
Simple but profound for how and why I paint. I think it's great advice for powering through some of the roadblocks I put up for myself. Occasionally I allow it to become less fun...and no one has more fun painting than Sam!
Somewhat similarly, Dave talked about hands.
He's one of the rare artists who ENJOYS painting hands.
And he's great at it!
He added that, particularly while he was learning, he followed the old rule of ‘a bad hand is better than no hand at all’.
Why haven't I heard this before? It's now written on my easel in Sharpie.
Again simple and profound, which is exactly how I like to keep my art education so that I never lose the fun!
BUT... going forward I will aim to never INTENTIONALLY hide the hands just because I don’t 'know how' to do them.
...well, I came up short.
So here's a cowboy with a cig and a finger gun!
(Also a reminder that some cowboys like to wear lipstick.)