Monday, November 20, 2017

Upcoming Classes

I'm excited to announce to my followers
that I will be teaching both, 
a two day workshop
 and
a five week class 
at North River Arts
 this January!
(Brochure will be coming soon
for more information.)

2 day workshop

“Intuitive Painting”
Think Less, Do More!

North River Arts Society
January 13, 14 2018


This workshop is geared for the painter who is interested
 in creating more intuitive, bold, and exciting paintings.  
Through a series of quick, fun exercises,
 we will learn how to think less and do more, 
by allowing our intuition to lead us. 
We’ll discover ways to use color, shape, space, 
and line to express an idea. 
We will be working from still life and/or photos
 and all painting mediums are welcome. 
Cut paper collage will be introduced on day two. 
Materials list to follow. 
"Summer Dreams" 
18 x 18 oil 


5 week class

“Intuitive Painting”
Think Less, Do More!

North River Arts Society
Tuesday’s 9:30 – 12:30
January 9, 16, 23, Feb, 6,13
(no class Jan 30)  

This class is designed for the painter who is interested
 in creating more intuitive, bold, and exciting paintings. 
We will learn how to take a less representational,
 analytical approach to painting by allowing our intuition to lead us. 
 Each week we will challenge ourselves to “think less and do more!” 
Through a series of quick, fun exercises, we will learn how 
to use color, shape, space, and line to express an idea or statement. 
We will be working from still life and/or photos 
and all painting mediums are welcome.
 Cut paper collage will be introduced along the way. 
Materials list to follow.  


"Ultra Marine"
16 x 16 oil 



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Push and Pull of Color

In the e-class I am taking with
"Own Your Own Colors"
we are working on 
the push and pull of color temperature. 
(a la Hans Hoffman) 


For mine, I painted over the painting below,
focussing on manipulating the blocks of color.  


This painting had gone through so many stages, 
I figured I had nothing to lose. 

(Melinda liked the before better than the after. 
Oh well) 

NOTE: 
Here are just a few of the I pad sketches I did
 along the way, 
while playing with color shapes. 





Well, I guess it's true. 
It's all about the process,
not the product!  




Monday, November 13, 2017

Thinking Less


Here I played with varying 
the size of the shapes and patterns
 and using cools and warms. 


"Fire Pit"
8 x 6 collage

I began with the dark blue pattern at the bottom
and the rest just happened. 
 
Working with collage is 
helping me think less. 


NOTE:

My good friend Sally Dean 
asked me how I got the yellow in last post, 
referring to complementary colors. 
(Blue and orange)

OOPS! 
I forgot to mention that
 in the exercise we were allowed 
to add one more color as an accent in the end. 
I added Indian yellow! 





Sunday, November 12, 2017

Complementary Colors

For this lesson I used two complementary colors 
plus black and white. 
I chose Phtalo Turquoise and Cadmium scarlet.


"Summer Dreams" 
14 x 14 oil 

The range of colors you can get is amazing. 
And the neutrals are so harmonious
 when you limit the palette like that! 


Friday, November 10, 2017

On-line painting class

I'm taking an on-line painting class called 
"Own Your Colors" 

One of the assignments was to invent colors  
using a black and white image as a reference,
making sure the values stay the same.  
It teaches you how to see value in color. 
This is more difficult than it looks.  

"Ironing Hankies" 
20 x 16 oil 

Here is my reference photo 
and a Black and white image of the painting.

It's fun to how close you can get. 
And it helps you see the big shapes of value. 

NOTE: 
This is right up my alley. 
She gives you the whole course 
at once and everyone goes at their own pace. 
We post and comment in a private group on FB
 and there are artists from all over the world in the class. 
She is extremely organized and helpful. 
  



Drawing Circles and Ellipses

In order to get everyone more relaxed when drawing
we did an exercise called 
"running the track".  

I had them draw an organic shape, 
a geometric shape
and an abstract shape. 

Then they were to "run" their pencil along the lines
over and over again, using different grips.   


Then we practiced drawing circles and ellipses
on sheets I found on the internet. 
This is much harder than it looks! 


A great way to practice hand / eye control! 

As always, it's a true joy to work with these 
smart, engaging and eager folks!  



Monday, November 6, 2017

Ken Kewley workshop

I am completly enthralled after 
taking a three day 
Abstract Landscape Collage workshop 
at Concord Art this weekend.
He is an amazingly organized and generous instructor
and we all did an incredible amount of work!

We painted our own papers
and produced hundreds of small 
abstract landscapes. 
(without thinking too much) 



Here, I used just geometric shapes:


"Harbor Town"
4 x 4 


Here are my two "unrestricted" landscapes
done on Sunday


"Fall" 
6 x 6 




"Harbor" 
6 x 6 


On Sunday we created three D
structures using cardboard and paint. 
Then we collaged them from four different angles! 



This was by far one of the most exciting and 
engaging workshops I have ever taken.
I can't wait to see where it takes me!