Discovering the Joy of Intuitive Abstract Painting
Fluid Acrylic/Mixed Water Media
All levels welcome
August 7th thru 9th
$450 per person
In order to paint intuitively one needs to understand Design Principles and Color Theory, so these will be discussed and illustrated as to how they relate to the way I paint. My process begins with some very loose underpainting in Golden Fluid Acrylics mostly to introduce a warm tone and seal the surface. When this is dry I draw some simple design usually based on rock and geology of a location where I have painted en plein air. This serves as a starting point and may or may not persist as the painting and artist begin their conversation. This is when the fun really begins! Most of our time is spent painting and repainting in fluid acrylic and crayon and pencil. This is the most joyful and the most rewarding part of intuitive painting. When I am working at my studio, this may take days or even weeks and the painting may go through a complete metamorphosis or it may just happen right away. We will try to move this along more quickly for the workshop. This is also where I introduce some more graphic elements with watercolor pencil and crayons making marks and creating texture. In any event there comes a time when we must abandon the intuitive and decide what it will take to pull the painting together. This is where we begin to make conscious design decisions that will “finish” the painting. Watercolor pencil and crayons are an excellent choice because they can be worked wet or dry and can easily be wiped clean on the acrylic surface. Another decision for this final stage is what part of the painting I want to keep and perhaps how it should be oriented. I can’t tell you how many paintings that started as a 22x30 vertical ended up as a horizontal or square and perhaps upside down or maybe even two paintings. Everything is Possible.
I will demonstrate everything that I covered in the description and try to answer all questions. There will also be lots of personal help and some critiques. And I hope we will all have fun and learn to advance in our painting journey.