He died recently, what a loss to the art community.
Today I got an email from his wife asking for some words about him.
This is what I wrote.
I had the priviledge of participating in a workshop with Ken in North Carolina some time ago.
I am a watercolorist, but an oil painter wanna be.
I am still working at that many years later, but some of the things Ken said to me I repeat to myself and to others over and over.
One issue he pointed out to me that made an immediate impact.
“it’s called painting not scrubbing”
I was trying to paint in oils like a do in watercolors!
I’m pretty messy, so was thriled to see his palette and suitcase at the workshop, finnally meeting someone worse than me.
When I talk about people who have helped inspire the way I work I always mention Ken in this way.
Ken Auster was a cocky, surfer dude, that was a great teacher and an amazing artist."
Here are a couple of his paintings.
He made a great impact on me.