Welcome creative seekers and huge kudos to you for taking the leap to invest in your creative potential and take your artmaking to another level!
I know exactly where you are at.
I still vividly remember that day. About 5 years into my painting journey, 2005. I had, until then, mostly been copying images from magazines and books and trying desperately to put my own spin on them….
WITHOUT KNOWING HOW OR WHY OR WHAT!!
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!!
“Driven to Abstraction” is my brand new online class and will run for six weeks over Jan and Feb 2019!
Please sign up here to be the first to know when class is open for EARLYBIRD registration in late October.
Not only will you receive a discount but I’ll be throwing in a few fun bonuses as well.
During our time together in Driven to Abstraction 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.