Why did I call PALOMA a “studio” and not a painting school?
We are not a classic painting school in the sense that people sit for hours trying to draw the ideal line or perfect proportions. No – we want to have fun while painting. Your holidays are too short to stick to unimportant details. Of course, 40 years ago I learnt everything about proportions, perpective etc. and I will help you to realize your ideas, but you don’t need to know all such things to create fantastic pictures.
During the last two years I worked in two completely different painting schools: One was the classic way: silence, everybody trying hard to become more perfect, no chatting, no laughter.
The other one was liking meeting friends: a big Hello before starting to work, having a cup of coffee chatting away, a bit of music from the radio, talking to each other which kind of picture you were going to do. Sometimes people did not have a plan what to paint that day. But there were hundreds of pictures to look through, until something would catch your eye.
The teacher was always there to help you, but did not push you to be perfect. Nobody is – and it is just your special way of doing it that makes your picture unique!
That’s the atmospere in my studio I try to create: Having a good time together. Never force yourself, just let go, and immediately your pictures improve!!