Clyde's Advice to Artists
One of the most frequently asked questions is, " do you teach workshops?" the answer is no. I do give occasional talks and demos, and those will be announced in advance here on my website and on Facebook.
Teachers in workshops who teach you to think and to answer your own questions are the ones to seek out. Watching someone paint in a workshop is really fun, and maybe you can pick up a few pointers, but the danger is that many times you learn formulas that disrupt the possibility of developing your own personal approach.
Workshops also are very expensive. Might be best to spend the money on quality supplies, art books and seeing the great museums of the world. Finding the answers in the struggle to paint well is best served by your own investigation. You must unleash your intellectual curiosity, and be ready for a long road of experimentation and failure. In the process you will reward your imagination and hard work by finding your own language. Study and analyze the work of other artists on your own terms, look at all types of art, and never let yourself become too comfortable with what you're doing. Always be on the search for new inspiration.
Books like, "Carlson's Guide To Landscape" is still one of the best books on painting landscape. Read all the books you can on philosophy, science, music, and great literature. Watch modern dance. See how far you can push your understanding of what is possible. Always look for metaphors that can explain ideas in painting.
One of my favorite books on how and why we paint is actually a book called “This Is Your Brain On Music” by Daniel Levitin. Just read the book and substitute the language of art for the language of music. Then try and implement those ideas in your painting. Experimentation is one of the most rewarding parts of why we paint. The final results may be satisfying for a moment, but then it's back to the process, which takes a lifetime or more.
Other books I enjoy are: