|Leni Wiener, In Her Footsteps|
Leni offers "Voice Coaching", helping artists to discover a personal style or point of view. Having a consistent thread in your work is important if you wish to sell your work through a gallery, to teach workshops, or to publish a book. It's what allows the viewer to recognize your work as yours before they've read the signature.
|Leni Wiener, Three Graces on a Blue Monday|
The key is to examine your process and decide what you enjoy doing and what you'd rather not do. When you focus on your strengths, your work becomes stronger.
So often I've been told that sketching is a requirement to making art. Leni uses a camera instead of a sketchbook, so now I am reassured that I can dispense with the sketchbook too.
|Leni Wiener, The Man in the Black Track Suit|
Being in Santa Fe, visiting dozens of galleries, and seeing all this amazing art is a bit overwhelming. I was completely smitten by some abstract paintings, by the surface textures achieved by paint and encaustic. Maybe I'll be able to incorporate that into my art, but maybe not. You can't be all things to all people.
|Leni Wiener, The Empty Chair|
I would highly recommend Leni's coaching, which she also offers online. It was fascinating to witness how she was able to look at what seemed to be a disparate body of work and find the common thread, to tease out in an interview with the artist the essence of what they wanted to do.
And something I learned in another workshop: the importance in investing in yourself and your art.