“Layers of Movement”
Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. ~ Brene Brown
The Alchemy of Spontaneous Expression
When I paint, I can think of nothing more thrilling than abiding in the spacious state of spontaneous expression, myriad choices bubbling to the surface, making marks in my distinctive and original voice, moment to moment, creating a painting that resonates with my human experience, and then there is the satisfaction and completeness that comes at the end. A soulful painting is a map, a series of creative thoughts and gestures layered across a substrate, the mysterious visual language of authentic creative expression that speaks from our heart to our soul.
For two luxurious days we’ll have the opportunity to explore that rich and mysterious landscape, roaming the outside edges of our comfort zone in loving support of our curious and expanding soul.
Together we’ll playfully experiment with techniques and exercises that engage our senses and I’ll share some visualization and awareness practices that sharpen our intuition and deepen the communication between our heart and the canvas.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. ~ Shunryu Suzuki
Whether we are new to painting or come as experienced painters, this weekend we’ll all gather together with “beginners mind” as we explore:
* Trusting our intuition, learning to feel more comfortable metaphorically “walking in the darkness” as we paint, gently supporting and following the flow of the sacred mystery in our work until it reveals itself
* Observing how movement (creative energy) looks and feels in our body and in our paintings, tuning in to the conversation between you and your creation.
* Discussion and practices to examine freshness or lack of it in our work and ways to create movement when paintings feel stale
* Using the practice of inquiry to gain momentum when energy bogs down * Exploring our interior world through abstract and/or expressionist painting
* Having a boat-load of fun together!!
Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
* White gesso 16 ounce jar
* Small black gesso http://www.dickblick.com/items/00628-1175/
* Small Clear gesso http://www.dickblick.com/items/00618-3014/
* 3 or more pieces medium vine charcoal (different thicknesses are fun)
* 2 large substrates 24” 24 or larger. If you’re planning on using an easel you’ll want firm surfaces like wood, stretched canvas, etc .
* 2 large sheets of #80 Bristol paper (or other painting paper)
* heavy body acrylic paints, 4 ounce each (2) red, (2) yellow, (2) blue, titanium white and any other colors you like using in heavy or fluid
* paint brushes – large ones – 2 of each, 1”, 1 ½” , 2” (chip brushes or foam brushes from the hardware store work great) AND some smaller brushes from your stash at home
* mark making tools – sticks, bubble wrap, string, etc, things, around the house
* mini foam paint roller or soft brayer
* quart baggie of collage paper scraps
* gel medium or PVA glue
* old credit card or scraping tool
* painting apron
* a couple painting rags or roll of paper towels
* palette (I use freezer paper taped to cardboard)
Charcoal blocks http://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-xl-charcoal-blocks/
Graphite blocks http://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-xl-graphite-blocks/
Please feel free to email me with any questions:
Due to limited class size, purchased spots for all workshops are transferable but payment is non-refundable. If you purchase a class and are unable to attend, and if there is a waiting list of students that has formed, we will put you in contact with the first person on the list to whom you can offer your class spot. If the person on the list accepts, then that person will need to pay you for your spot and once that transaction is complete and both parties are satisfied, we will transfer your spot to the other person. If you are unable to attend and there is no waiting list, we will unfortunately be unable to provide refunds.