By Jen Fuentes
I started my internship with Dot expecting to learn a lot about oil painting, and I ended up learning so much more than that. Not only did Dot show me the steps she takes to create a painting, from preparing a surface and planning her image to varnishing and framing a finished painting, but she taught me a tremendous amount about drawing and composition as well.
Through Dot's drawing, painting, and color theory classes, I honestly feel as though I have progressed in my understanding of form and my ability to control value and color. The mark of a great teacher is someone who inspires their students to want to keep learning. I think the single most important thing Dot did for me was inspire me to keep learning and improving my skills as an artist. It has been a privilege to learn from Dot and see her work process up close. Her technical ability and mastery of color allow her to transform scenes of everyday life into moments of beauty.
One of the best parts about this internship has been attending events and classes that Dot has hosted over the summer. There is such a supportive community of artists that gather at Red Stone Farm Studio. It was amazing to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from so many talented, wonderful artists in one place. I am grateful for the experience I have had working with Dot and her husband Tom at Red Stone Farm Studio, and I will miss everyone I have met there. What I have learned over the course of this summer has already improved my art and will stay with me as I enter my senior year at school.
Below is the progression of my landscape and still life paintings which I am currently working on.
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"Dogwoods" 18x24 in. Drawing (top), underpainting (middle)
and the most recent version of painting (bottom).
Images above by Dot Bunn. A work in progress, designed in a root 2 Dynamic Symmetry rectangle.