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Aaron Schuerr – Artwork And Wrestle


Okay, this can be a wee bit completely different from what I anticipated to be publishing. Aaron Schuerr, our visitor this month, is famend for his plein air work. Actually, he simply gained the Finest Pastel award on the latest Plein Air Conference in Santa Fe! And what he’s actually recognized for is excessive plein air which means he paints in all seasons – rain, snow, or shine – and he additionally goes deep into the panorama to color.

I admit it, I’m a fairweather, take-the-easy-route kinda gal so I’m intrigued by the dedication, dedication and fortitude it takes to do what Aaron does. So I requested him if he’d like to jot down a visitor put up round that subject. He stated certain (despite being swamped with constructing and portray tasks!). Yay!

After which this arrived. He prefaced it by saying: “It’s a little bit quick and barely off subject, but it surely’s what’s been on my thoughts.” Hmmmm I believed…. After which I learn what he’d despatched and I used to be sure, sure, YES!!

I’m delighted to current this reward to you from Aaron Schuerr!

Don’t know Aaron’s work? Right here’s a teaser:

Aaron Schuerr, "Armstrong Spring Creek, "pastel, 16x20in. Private collection
Aaron Schuerr, “Armstrong Spring Creek, “pastel, 16x20in. Non-public assortment

And earlier than we get going, right here’s a wee bit about Aaron.

Aaron Schuerr Bio

From distant villages in Morocco to the excessive mountains of Montana, Aaron Schuerr has ranged far and broad to fulfill his inventive wanderlust. He has launched into solo portray treks throughout the Grand Canyon and deep into the wilderness of his residence state of Montana. In 2020 he was a visitor on The Kelly Clarkson Present, interviewed about his plein air work. His work has been featured in publications as numerous as The Occasions of London, Bored Panda, My Fashionable Met, Southwest Artwork, and Plein Air Journal. Schuerr is a frequent contributing author to The Pastel Journal and The Artist Journal and has penned a canopy article for Plein Air Journal. He simply returned from the 2022 Plein Air Conference the place he gained “Finest Pastel” for this 12 months’s Plein Air Salon. (See his successful portray on the finish!) You possibly can see extra of his work right here.

And now right here’s Aaron to share his ideas on artwork and battle.


Artwork is steeped in failure. It by no means comes out the way in which I imagined it. In my worst moments, I really feel like each portray ought to include a disclaimer: That is the perfect I might do. I’m sorry it’s not any higher.

Generally portray seems like telling a woman you like her with a mouthful of marbles. I shoot for poetry, and it comes out prose. I stumble someplace between execution and aspiration. My hand will get in the way in which. It simply gained’t hearken to my mind.

After each portray, I mud myself off and take a look at once more. This time it’ll be completely different, I feel.  And, you recognize what? It is completely different.

At the moment is a brand new day.

Like a baby, I’m rising. I simply can’t see it or really feel it. Keep in mind when that aunt or uncle you hadn’t seen in a very long time came over, and exclaimed how a lot you’ve grown? That’s us. If we’re persistent we are going to develop, typically in spurts, different instances by levels.

Aaron Schuerr, "Winter Gold," pastel, 24x18 in. Private collection
Aaron Schuerr, “Winter Gold,” pastel, 24×18 in. Non-public assortment

It’s straightforward to imagine that the artists we glance as much as are all grace whereas we’re all battle. In my worst moments, I’m jealous of larger abilities. Grace isn’t in a deft hand; it’s within the recognition that you’re precisely who you ought to be. We may be jealous, or we may be impressed.

Whereas visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork just a few years in the past, I walked right into a room of Degas pastels. I might barely breathe. I began crying proper there within the museum. A grown man, crying and pondering, “Degas was half-blind when he painted these.” 

Think about his frustration. He by no means bought to see his greatest work, not clearly.

So, I’m feeling embarrassed by this present of emotion, and I’m thanking him for not giving up, even when his greatest software, his eyesight, was failing him. He had moved from battle to a spot of grace as a result of he continued to battle. He painted what he noticed and, with failing eyesight, he noticed the essence of the determine.

Degas didn’t soften any edges, didn’t mix the pastel. Have a look at the late work and also you see layer upon layer. You possibly can virtually work backwards, from end to start out, layer by layer. You possibly can really feel the pastel scrape in opposition to the paper, see colour vibrate in opposition to colour.

What a present.

Right here’s the purpose – I’ll by no means paint with the deft hand of Degas. It’s simply not within the playing cards for me. 

Aaron Schuerr, "San Juan Gold," pastel, 24x24in. Private collection
Aaron Schuerr, “San Juan Gold,” pastel, 24x24in. Non-public assortment

However, as a result of I paint, I can perceive the pastels of Degas in a approach that no layman can. He persevered, and I can also persist.

Wherever you might be in your journey, you’re a step forward of the place you have been.

Since you paint, you see the world in a approach that few others do. You see artwork with an understanding that few others have.

What a present. 

It’s necessary to often step again from “How one can Pastel” and keep in mind why we pastel. It’s not solely to speak but additionally to grasp.

Aaron Schuerr, "Yellowstone Sunset Study," 9x12in. Private collection
Aaron Schuerr, “Yellowstone Sundown Research,” 9x12in. Non-public assortment

All we are able to do is step as much as the easel and inform the reality as greatest as we are able to. Portray is a approach of claiming “I really like you.” It will possibly really feel awkward. It will possibly really feel uncovered. You may not be the place you wish to be. You may really feel insufficient. However perhaps, simply perhaps, the recipient will look again and say, “I really like you too.”

Aaron Schuerr, "Afternoon Glare," pastel, 11 x 18 in. Winner of Best Pastel in 2022 Plein Air Salon at the annual Plein Air Convention
Aaron Schuerr, “Afternoon Glare,” pastel, 10 x 18 in. Winner of the Finest Pastel award within the 2022 Plein Air Salon Awards on the ninth annual Plein Air Conference


Tissue alert!

Actually, after I learn Aaron’s phrases, I used to be and am moved to tears. Why? As a result of they go so deeply to the center of who we’re as artists. Aaron writes so overtly about our struggles to do the perfect we are able to despite feeling insufficient and awkward and less-than. A present certainly!

We’d love to listen to your response to Aaron’s put up so please do depart a remark!

And that’s it for now.

Till subsequent time,

~ Gail

PS. If you wish to learn one thing about Aaron’s excessive plein air expertise, click on right here.

PPS. Should you’d like Aaron to jot down a put up about working en plein air, please depart that within the weblog feedback too!!


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