His photorealistic approach to painting was certainly going to prove a challenge for me and my loose brush-stroke. However I also knew this was going to be a fantastic opportunity to experience a totally different approach to my painting. Little did I know that a challenge is an understatement to what I experienced. Having to let go of my technique and problem solving strategy led me to a sense of “stage fright” a feeling of nakedness and exposure. Eloy immediately saw this but it wasn't until the second day that I finally had to accept the situation and share it with him.
Incapable of releasing this blockage I had to simply stop. I have never experienced anything like it before and it made me question myself in every way but mostly in two specific aspects. My relationship with photography and also accepting my method of painting. On my return to Malaga I shared this with my photography teacher who finally shed light on me.
During my early days in art academy it was clear I had a rapid brush stroke expressing a sense of vibrant and energetic movements. After years of painting my approach continues to be dynamic and loose. With Eloy I have learned to accept my approach and embrace it but also view it in a more objective way, seeing its flaws and try to improve them. We shall see in time how this shock will affect my results.
However before returning to Malaga I had one final thing to do. Talking with Eloy, Velazquez was a constant reference and I couldn't leave Madrid without seeing Velazquez at the Prado Museum with my new “eyes”. For two hours I observed his brush strokes, his chiaroscuro, his knowledge of anatomy and his abstract art. I was seeing Velazquez in a completely new way, I was hooked.
It is no coincidence that I took Eloy course in the middle of taking my photography course. It was the perfect timing and my understanding of the relationship between photography and art has grown dramatically. This I will discuss on another post.