Abstract Mojo

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Welcome creative seekers and huge kudos to you for taking the leap to invest in your creative potential and take your art making to another level!  The first run of this class started on the 14th of February 2019. We hope to run it again very soon.

Abstract Mojo is my latest online class that runs over 6 magical and creative weeks!

During our time together in Abstract Mojo we’ll be exploring how to:

  • Work across multiple mini canvases to generate cohesive series and color palettes.
  • Use my “embracing the contrast” approach to help us avoid those frustrating STUCK PLACES!
  • Translate emotion through color and mark into our work.
  • Take our own photos OR images we have found and abstract them using a whole variety of apps and other exercises.
  • Be inspired by nature to create stunning evocative abstracts.
  • Create more narrative in our work through the exploration of figurative abstraction and the use of symbols.
  • Go BIG in our last week together with LARGE sheets of paper and canvas.

About 5 years into my painting journey, I remember thinking “I don’t have any imagination”, I can’t just think up ideas out of nowhere” and OMG, the incessant comparing myself to others who seemed to have some kind of gift I just couldn’t find in myself.

I decided to experiment with paint (truth be told I found acrylic super challenging) and just keep working at it, and in 2004 had had a successful exhibition, selling several thousands of dollars of art out of my own home~ a series of cutesy birds dancing through flowers. People loved them but I KNEW there was something more inside me, something I wanted to articulate with my painting but I didn’t have the tools.

I looked around at the art world and found myself drawn to paintings that had a certain edge, rawness and a fresh energy, paintings that were both mysterious and compelling, paintings that told a story without telling the whole story.

I still had a lot to learn but desperately wanted to be there NOW, to be making art that made me FEEL what these paintings did, but I wasn’t ready.

On THAT day I remember dragging a big ol’ canvas out into the backyard and letting loose on it with lime green paint and a massive brush, then criss crossing the lime with hot pink spray paint. It felt totally liberating and for a moment I felt AMAZING!!

BUT, when I finished, I looked at my canvas and felt nothing, no connection, just an empty slow rising feeling of utter disappointment.

Fast forward another 15 years and I have worked my butt off to advance my own art, held 16 successful solo shows, explored a gazillion possibilities, sent my abstracts and other works off to buyers across the world, travelled the globe teaching workshops and retreats, made a ton of mistakes (or happy accidents as I like to call them), taught thousands of students online and honed my skills and passion as an artist and as a teacher whose main desire is to have her students succeed in whatever way is right for them.

Mistakes are important, learning curves are meaningful and we can all benefit from the struggle that is inevitable when we leave the chrysalis to become the butterfly… BUT

It is also awesome and amazing to have mentors and teachers along the way to help you make less mistakes and to help you understand your potential and get to the place where your work matches what’s in your head without so much of the angst.

THAT is my job and I feel so blessed for the opportunity to help you dive into abstraction and take your painting to a whole other level!!


Supplies List

  • Large watercolour pad 18x24”. Cold pressed 300gsm (140lbs)
  • 1 30x30” canvas
  • 3 6x12” canvases
  • Sheet brown craft paper
  • Cartridge paper or sketch book paper
  • Masking tape, clear packing tape
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic artist inks
  • Golden fluid acrylics
  • Various brushes small to medium
  • Several flat smooth square brushes
  • Heavy bodied acrylics
  • Any kinds of pencils for detail: watercolor, pastel, sketching etc.
  • Any and all mark making tools: nature tools, stamps, stencils, sponge etc.
  • Charcoal: willow and block
  • Bamboo skewer or stick for detailed mark making
  • Scraper: eg. old credit card
  • Soft brayer
  • White and gold gel pen
  • Black felt marker
  • White oil pastel white (or plain taper candle)
  • Other color oil pastels
  • Soft pastels for week five (optional)
  • Gel pens in various colors (optional)
  • White Posca Pen
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Collage: patterned napkins, collage paper, small roll gauze bandage etc.
  • Gel medium or matte medium for collage (PVA if you don’t have medium)
  • Texture medium
  • Masking fluid
  • Transparent gesso
  • Baby wipes, paper towels

Suggested Golden Fluids:

Titan green pale, green gold, cadmium red, teal, quinachridone magenta, quinacridone burnt orange, titanium white, nickel azo yellow, nickel azo gold, pyrole orange, paynes grey, AND/OR your faves.

Suggested Daler Rowney Inks:

Paynes grey, light green, antelope brown, flame orange, galactic blue, marine blue, waterfall green, purple lake, burnt umber, fluorescent pink, silver moss, indigo, white AND/OR your faves.