The first few classes were really tough. I drew back on my years as being a student and thought about what really helped me when I needed it as well as what I thought was missing in my years of training. There was, in my mind, a lot of faking it. But I found I loved it. And even though I might have thought I was faking it, I really knew what I was doing and my found my passion. I tried to give my students every thing I ever learned and all the things I wanted to know. If I didn't know it, I read from my favorite books till we all memorized it. "Alla Prima" by Richard Schmid was my all time favorite. But there were many more I loved. Before long I could recite from these books. My time at an atelier, my experience as a plein air artist and my knowledge of the fundamentals helped my students progress at a great speed.
I have now been teaching for many years. I am so grateful to where this profession has taken me. I have met some of my best friends through teaching. I have traveled to some of my dream locations in the world on workshops with those wonderful people. I have the best hours too. I teach in the mornings which give me the whole rest of the day to paint. And teaching has taught me more, in all my years as a student, about painting. I learn as much from them as they do from me. And now, I don't need to bar tend any more.
I teach every morning. When the weather is good, plein air "alla prima" (outdoors in one shot) in our beautiful seaside communities sometimes adding a live model, some days inside with still lifes. I find that still life helps with technique because you can control the set up, you can work on it longer and without the distractions of the outdoor elements, bugs and people. Figure and portraiture helps to improve your drawing abilities because if it is off just a little, you can see it. And painting outdoors helps to make you paint faster, see color and to understand how important temperature in your colors to create depth in your work.
Next sessions classes start January 19, 2017. Please go to www.diannepmiller.com to see the schedule.