Shapes - 2005 - acrylics and ink on paper - 23 x 33 inches
It was 2004 when I met the great artist Baruj Salinas at an art exhibit by his students. After painting four years, I was frustrated, bored, and ready for a change. What a shake up! My friend, who I considered my "second mom," pushed me...and there are NO regrets!!!
This is an example of the first task Baruj gives you upon entering his class. He calls it an exercise to see how the student sees color, values, and shapes. It looks very simple, but I spent the entire semester on it! For me, the difficulty was in making the shapes. Everyone who begins classes with Baruj begins with this exercise...and all of Baruj's followers grin and try to give helpful advice.
I am extremely priviledged to know Baruj Salinas. Although I have little time to get to his class...because of a bunch of excuses...I still carry his voice inside my head.
For more information about Baruj Salinas, there is a book available, printed in Spain. You can also search for more images of his work. There is a poster of his work, as available here:
If you wish to take classes with Baruj, he gives classes through the Miami Dade College Interamerican Campus' Community Classes (non-credit).
What do you think? Think I can do this again? I wonder....
Angeline Marie of
Angeline Marie Fine Art