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“Painting is not supposed to be easy or everyone would do it.”

This is (without positive knowledge) a quote by Fred Lipp, artist/teacher at the Creative Workshop here at MAG. “Painting is not supposed to be easy or everyone would do it.” We always enjoy reading this blog – – and searched for references to Fred Lipp in researching for his upcoming lecture on Sunday, June 1 at 2 pm.  We knew this blogger was a long-time student of Fred’s.  What we didn’t realize was that there are a few regular ‘Fred-isms’ that pop up in his classes. Here is another one: “The minute something becomes precious, it is a liability. You’re going to dance around it, trying to protect it at the expense of your painting.” You can read all of the Fred references, together, here.

Fred LippFred has taught Advanced Painting at the Creative Workshop for more than 20 years, and has a developed a strong community of painters that have taken classes with him. You can read his full bio and education here. But here is just one line that seemed to especially suit his style of teaching: Fred teaches painting as a visual adventure emphasizing careful observation and analysis while giving students thoughtful advice.

The lecture on Sunday is titled “Comparisons of Visual Spatial Effects Utilized in Modern Painting.” Fred discusses John Koch’s Interlude, Joseph Albers’s Homage to the Square and Hans Hofmann’s Ruby Gold (pictured). The lecture not until 2 pm, so arrive early and browse the Matisse as Printmaker exhibition as well. This will be the second to last weekend to view it at MAG.

Ruby Gold by Hans Hoffmann

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