I spoke with American artist Jane Radstrom in Berlin. Jane is a contemporary figurative painter. She is technically brilliant across a number of mediums, including pastels, oils, digital painting and collage. She is also highly regarded by her fellow painters. Her work is in demand with sold out print runs, solo gallery shows and features in many prominent art magazines.
We talked about kale, weight lifting, moving continents and lots of art . . .
Here are the main points of what we talk about:
- Berlin art scene,
- Installation art,
- Atelier training,
- Russian art training,
- Working with models,
- Self portraits,
- Digital painting,
- Oil painting,
- Looking into humanity,
- Most emotional painting,
- Richard Diebenkorn’s “rules”,
- Future work,
- Work ethic,
- Print sales,
- Social media,
To find out more about Jane and her work
Jane’s Instagram feed
Most moving painting to make . . .
Referenced in the podcast . . .
Jane’s interview on the Your Creative Push podcast
Online Life Drawing Resources
“Notes to myself on beginning a painting”
by Richard Diebenkorn
- Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.
- The pretty, initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued – except as a stimulus for further moves.
- DO search.
- Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
- Don’t “discover” a subject – of any kind.
- Somehow don’t be bored but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
- Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
- Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
- Tolerate chaos.
- Be careful only in a perverse way.
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Another great interview and loved listening to Jane’s views and advice on art. You are absolutely right though John, Pollyanna is a fictional character and absolutely not a biblical one!
Thank you Lesley.