My first stop is Stonington, ME on Deer Isle. Stopping in Portland to visit artist Rachel Watson Sunday evening, and getting lost on the last leg up Monday morning, I arrived to meet artist and instructor, Jon Imber, by noon. I first met Jon in March during my residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Jon was a visiting artist who lectured and gave studio crits with the over 35 VSC residents. I was very impressed with the work from his forty years of professional painting - he has focused on themes with which I often grapple: the figure, narrative, landscape, color, the fine line between representation and abstraction... (he was also a student of Philip Guston!)
Each day, a dozen artists meet up at 9 a.m. at a designated vista on Deer Isle. Jon does mini-visits with us throughout the day and a group critique at 4:30 in his studio. Day 1 for me was yesterday on the lily pond... I will post some HD Flip videos of my experiences and go into deeper description of my new-found painting process in my upcoming posts!
PEACE AND CREATIVITY,
Seth Ruggles Hiler is an artist and arts educator from Boonton, NJ. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He is a portrait painter at heart, but landscape is his mistress. Grab your French easel and enjoy the ride!