Yes - I'm a workshop junkie! I am taking a free, weeklong course with Louise fletcher, a CVP alumni and student who offered a taster course, "Find your Joy". Due to family visits and a serious summer cold, I just started the assignments today - a week behind but I'll get it done.
The assignment was to tape off a large sheet of paper into 6 sections and then paint without trying to make a painting, using the whole sheet, ignoring the sections.
I painted and hated what was happening - but I continued and finally called an end to the torture!!! The results were a surprise.
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This was an interesting week focused on 'Risk' and 'Soul' - daring to take big risks, and in doing so allowing the soul to show itself. I am intrigued but painting will have to wait - the grandkids are here and they are too much fun to be with!! I'll get back to the studio later next week and jump into this very challenging topic.
An interesting ‘aha’ moment yesterday - I’m not painting in play mode! Not at he beginning, middle, or end. I start out thinking about Nick’s 7 questions and the design principles; I start out trying to ‘do it right’, trying to create something, trying to create ‘a painting’ - and I end up with something that looks tight and contrived, overworked, boring...
I reread coach Susan’s words in the newsletter for week 3, and there it is... I’m hanging onto my need to know, my need to impress. I realized that I don’t think I know how to ‘play’, and I have no idea what brings me joy or even how I feel or how to express what’s inside me.
Today’s task is to ‘work’ on ‘playing’.
And not a moment too soon. A week to catch up, step away from the easel if needed, focus on other pieces - and enjoy family and friends visiting... and just enjoying all that an Okanagan summer has to offer - sun, sun and more fun in the sun!
After saying all that, I actually worked pretty hard this week, going back to previously painted canvases and starting again using the CVP principles. Still not finished, lots of frustration, and I think lots of learning.
This week the program focused on using glazes - both transparent and opaque - using the same 6 panels started several lessons ago. I enjoy using transparent glazes because they provide an overall tone. No commitment needed. An opaque glaze is just that - opaque! And that means edges, commitment to shapes - no wishy washy brushwork. I don't like this. I find that I put on an area of opaque paint and I quickly scrub it off.
Instructor Nick suggests that our life and our art are the same - if I am not liking to risk and commit in my art, it's probably true in my life as well. That's something to ponder.....
The original 6 panels have had several passes in this week 8 - I can't even track the progress from the first pass to the last.
Maybe you can?
This week's homework was to continue painting on the 6 panels started a few weeks ago, this time with a continued focus on colour but adding attention to value - the loud conversation. What is this loud conversation? The black and white, high contrast elements of the design - the parts that the eye is drawn to first.
To find this or to create this, I used mostly white paint to lay down very random areas/shapes/lines.
I can't say that I like any of these; I'd like to work more on them but this is just one of many layers of paint. More to come.
For the past few months, I have been very involved in the organization of a showcase of the arts in my home town of Vernon BC. This took place on June 21 and was a fabulous success. A delicious long table style dinner, lots of paintings, and demonstrations, music, entertainment and a wearable art fashion show.
A week before, several painters got together to hand-paint scarves that were part of a silent auction - very well received.
Here are a couple of scarves drying outside.
Wow - a busy week in the program. There's about 5 to 6 hours of video to watch - not all in one, but several most with demos, some live interactive calls, some showing adjustments of student work. Very helpful and instructional - and very time consuming. When do I actually find time to do my homework???
Whine, whine, whine! Ha ha.
I did find a bit of time and using a limited palette of yellow ochre, red, black and white, I jumped in to work on the principles of design and value. Here's what I ended up - btw - I don't like these at all. But... since this is supposed to be a journey of discover, maybe that's who I really am???
COLOUR!!!! Working in a series of 3 to 6 boards, our homework was to play with colour, not forgetting design and value.
I spent a fair bit of time transferring acrylic paint from jars to squeeze bottles. What a nasty, messy job! And being a frugal person at heart, I couldn't stand seeing some paint still in the jar. I couldn't get it all into the squeeze tubes - so how could I use it......?
Check out this week's homework boards! That's what happened to those dribs and drabs of paint that were left in the jars.
After many years in the corporate world, I am returning to my first love - drawing, painting, even doodling!