Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Teaching At Omega

Here are a few photos of my recent workshop at Omega, "Intuitive Painting".  Thanks again to all who participated! 
GREAT studio space, with lots of light


Playing with Cut Paper

Playing with a viewfinder

Cut up, re-assemble

My examples of Ways To Make Shapes

Juxtaposing unlike elements

Busy busy BUSY!!!

Student work on the wall

More work on the wall, a series by one student
Thanks for visiting.  I will be teaching again at Omega next year, June 3 - 8, 2018.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Elements of Visual Language is AVAILABLE!!

Finally, the book I have been working on all winter and spring (having made notes on it for the preceding year or so), is now available from Amazon.  You can download an excerpt here.

Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language emphasizes the practice of observing your work as it develops, without judgment or self-criticism.  My hope is that it allows you to be more personally expressive and authentic in your artistic explorations.

Hope you enjoy it!  There are more in the pipeline.  And a video coming out later this summer.

Click here to purchase.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Look at the Rauschenberg Show

Julie Fe Fan Balzer posted an amazing group of photos of the Rauschenberg show that is currently up at MOMA.  It is called Robert Rauschenberg Among Friends, and includes works by Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly and others. I am cheating and posting a screen shot of one of Julie's photos.  This is a close-up of Minutiae, 1954, part of a collaboration Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns did with the choreographer Merce Cunningham, and the composer John Cage.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video of Visual Improvisation

Here is the video created by Dog On A Boat Studios for Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.  I posted it on Facebook earlier, but now it is up on YouTube.

Monday, May 22, 2017

More from Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

Here are some REAL photographs of the Hudson River ValleyArt Workshops workshop the other week, taken by Adina Pease, who also produced a short video, which you can see on my Facebook page.

Oops, Cornelius, my alligator, got into this shot.  He was not painting.

Good to be color coordinated with my painting.
 I plan to be back at Hudson River Valley in 2019!  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops

A few pix from Visual Improvisation at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.

This is all student work, except the chocolate chip cookies, which are made by our host.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Abstract Painting For Textile Artists

I taught this four-day workshop at Helen Day Art Center last week, geared towards textile artists with not much experience using acrylic paints. Most of the participants fit that description, but there were a few more experienced painters who were not textile artists.  I often get textile artists and recovering quilters in my classes, so this seemed like a natural fit. 

Here are a few pictures from the workshop. These are all Student Work, except for the photo of me fooling around at my table.

Thanks for visiting.  Check out Helen Day Art Center's other workshop offerings.  Among the people who teach there are Galen Cheney, Suzanne Siegel, Claire Desjardins, and others that I admire. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Playing with Orange and Blue

Here is a short series of demo pieces I did in Green Valley, AZ, the other week.  We were using paint, collage, and mark-making to explore complementary colors.  These are all 10"x10".

Green Valley Demo #1:  In this piece I have almost equal percentages of blue and orange. I find that the most challenging ratio. 

Green Valley Demo #2:  Here I was playing around more with a range of value and saturation in the orange.  I love the pinks, corals, and salmon colors you can get in this range.

Green Valley Demo #3:  This is probably about 75 - 80% orange.  I am tempted to cover over the whole bottom left section with orange....

Green Valley Demo #3 Alternate:  OK, I just did that in Photoshop to see what it would look like. What do you think? 

Green Valley Demo #4:  Here I let the orange get really washed out.  More desert-like.  I love the contrast of the very light neutralized orange with the brighter colors in the center, and just teeny bits of blue. 
DO try this at home.  Choose one pair of complementary colors:  blue and orange, red and green, or purple and yellow.  Use as many versions of each color as you like, mixing them to vary the hue slightly (orange, red-orange, yellow-orange, but not red and not yellow), and mixing with white and very light gray to vary the values.  Paint, collage, use crayons, scratch into the surface with a razor.  The techniques are up to you.  The key is to do a SERIES of them exploring various proportions of the two colors.  Have fun!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Deborah Moss's Blog Post

Deborah Moss featured me in a recent blog post in which she discusses coming up with titles for your work.  She was one of the people who responded to my Titles post, asking for ideas.  I sent her a small piece of art, all the way to New Zealand!

This piece is titled "Paving the Way", thanks to Debora's suggestion:

18"x24", acrylic and collage on canvas, $800
E-mail me if you are interested in purchasing the original.  Prints are available on Fine Art America.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Workshop Openings

I am offering 100 Drawings on Cheap Paper again this fall, beginning on October 4.  This is a ten-week online workshop that focuses on working in quantity.  It is not about working quickly, but about investigating an idea over the course of ten small paintings or studies each week.  I am limiting the enrollment to a smaller class size than previously.

100 Drawings on Cheap Paper Online
One feature of this class is that you are asked to make observations about the work that you post, to really look at it as it stands on its own.  This is surprisingly challenging, because when viewing our own work, our default seems to be to describe how we made it.  You will develop a vocabulary for identifying visual content, apart from technical process.

My workshop at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this spring has a few openings available.  "Visual Improvisation" is about taking a more inventive and playful approach to composition.  The web site describes the dates as May 7 - 13; that is is if you arrive on the Sunday prior to the workshop and depart the Saturday afterwards.  The workshop days are May 8 - 12, a Monday through Friday, full days.
Visual Improvisation in the Hudson Valley
For other 2017 workshop see my full Workshops Schedule here.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pink Slip Postcards

This is something that I found on Facebook this morning:  a project that entails sending a "pink slip" to President (for now) Trump.  If you are a Trump supporter, please just enjoy the video for my demonstration on making monochromatic postcards.  For those of you would would like to fire Trump, send him a Pink Slip Postcard on March 15.

See the description of the project here.

I created two 'postcard sheets', each 8"x12", each of which I then cut into four 4"x6" postcards.  I encourage you to make your own if you are so inclined, but if you don't have time, use mine!  Here is a link where you can download all eight of the postcards.  Just glue them to card stock, and send to:

President (for now) Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wonky Grids Workshop

My Wonky Grids workshop at AVA Gallery is now open for registration.  It's a light hearted, playful approach to abstract composition with paint and collage.  Register here.

Supply List
  • 90 lb or 140 lb watercolor paper 22”x30”, hot press, or smooth printmaking paper of comparable weight: 4 sheets, 22”x30”.  I use Stonehenge paper.  Cut your paper to 8.25”x8.25” BEFORE class.  You should get six pieces from each sheet.
  • Acrylic Matte Medium or Soft Gel: one pint. (I use Utrecht Matte Medium)
  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid: one small bottle
  • Acrylic paint: artist-quality paints such as Golden, Holbein, Utrecht, Tri-Art, Windsor-Newton, Blick Artist Arcylics, etc. You may supplement these with student-grade paints. 
  • Disposable palette: pad of paper style, 9”x12”
  • Drawing materials: pencils, various pens and markers, graphite sticks, watercolor pencils and crayons, charcoal, (any of these that you care to use)
  • Brushes: bring a variety, some watercolor brushes, smaller flat ones, glue brushes
  • Brayer: soft rubber, 2” or 3”
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Big roll of absorbent paper towels
  • Stamps and stencils of your choice (optional)
  • Stash of collage papers : think pattern and color, not image or texture.

$5 Materials fee includes:
  • Loads of cheap drawing paper for making collage papers
  • Drawing materials to share
  • Pearls of wisdom
  • Chocolate, if you're good.

I highly recommend that you order your supplies online well before the workshop.  The local art supply store does not carry many of the items on this list.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Series of Texture Studies

I've been looking at visual texture, which is to say "implied" texture, or very shallow physical texture that is enhanced by paint.  Here is a series of studies that explore texture against flat color and line work.  The translucent paints, like the Quinacridone Gold I've used here, are great for getting texture.  Opaque colors like the white an bits of turquoise (not sure how I mixed that) are good for flat areas.  These are all 10"x10" (20x20cm), acrylic on paper.

Texture Study #1

Texture Study #2

Texture Study #4

Texture Study #6

Texture Study #7
Detail of Texture Study #7 above.  You can see that just the brush strokes of the previous layer offer a great opportunity for texture.  This is simply black paint applied to the surface, then wiped away.
Working in series like this is a great way to explore different options within a focused area.  I am teaching Series As Process, in which we take this approach, at Madeline Island School of the Arts in July.  Take a look here, and register soon, as there are only a few spaces available.