Los Angeles based-artist Skye Amber Sweet held an art demonstration at the Old Town Newhall Library on Saturday.
Sweet said her style is an attempt to create a “random sphere of logical babble,” and the purpose of holding a live demonstration, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, is to teach artists how to loosen up when they’re making art.
“In my brain, it’s chaotic … and when I spew it onto a canvas I call it ‘canvas manipulation,’” said Sweet. “I try to teach at these classes is to be true artist, and not try to be everyone else.
During the exhibition, those in attendance had the choice to either watch Sweet teach her craft or walk into the community room at the library and view the “Embracing Growth” exhibit, a selection of Sweet’s paintings. The paintings are on display until June and can be purchased, according to event organizers.
During the exhibit, and what she showed during the event, involved a variety of mediums from acrylic to spray paint to digital art. She also showcased some of work she’s doing on her upcoming book – that she illustrated – titled “Evie’s Star.”
“I think we’re so consumed with a process … but I like to break every single rule,” Sweet said about how she conceptualized some of her work in the gallery. “And I want to be crazy, come back, stare it and say ‘this looks like this and that’s where I’m going to take it.”
Sweet’s event was put on by the City of Santa Clarita and largely organized by Jeff Barber, the city’s arts and events supervisor.
“We thought it would be a great idea for her to do a live painting demonstration of one of her paintings,” said Barber. “People love to watch an artist do their work and be able to ask her questions about their style and what inspires them.”
Sweet’s exhibit was one of three exhibits that will be showcased by the city at the Old Town Newhall Library, with the next one set to arrive in mid-June, according to Barber.
“It’ll be a show by a group from Ventura, and they’re a collage art group,” Barber said. “All the pieces in here will be collage art. Following that it will be an exhibit about veterans and how they deal with their stress through art.”
For more more information about the City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission, visit http://santaclaritaarts.com/.