Denise Nogueiras: Freedom to Create without Judgement
Q&A with Artist and BINDERS Art School Instructor Denise Nogueiras
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have had the artist gene lying dormant since I was a child when I first exhibited talent and my parents bought me an easel and my first set of paints. For years I didn’t paint because I realized that just having the innate talent still meant I would have to work at developing the techniques and skills required. I was lazy. Years later as an adult, after a trip to Paris, I was inspired to begin again - and with a box of watercolor pencils, I began my journey.
Today, I still struggle with forging through when the next steps get challenging. There have been many books written on the matter and I share the same challenge with several artist friends, so I am at least in good company.
What challenges me most about the creative process?
I am also always fighting against the “judgment” demon – until that is conquered true creativity cannot flow. Julia Cameron wrote, "The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” I am still working on surrender.
"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." - Julia Cameron
I am also always fighting against the “judgment” demon – until that is conquered true creativity cannot flow.
What can you tell us about your workspace / studio?
My studio is a large part of my artistic process and is still in development. My dining room has officially been overtaken and is slowly emerging into my studio. It is always a mess. In addition to this workspace, I have a separate room that serves as a storehouse for art supplies for which there are many!
Things you will find in my studio: Piles of pictures that I find anywhere for inspiration, a bulletin board full of ideas, jars full of paint brushes and palette knives, cups full of watercolor pencils, stacks of canvasses leaning up against a wall, stacks of watercolor paper, lots of unfinished paintings waiting to be worked on when inspiration hits, the latest painting sitting on one of my many easels, my extensive art book collection & museum books purchased from Paris, London, New York, and LA.
What inspires me most to create?
One of my biggest joys is walking the isles of an art supply store. There is such hope there – such inspiration . . . just think of all that can be created, just look at all these great mediums, tools, canvasses and paper I can use. A photograph might inspire, a place traveled to, an idea of how something might feel to me, a mood, or simply beginning with a texture I want to create, a shape I want to explore, or a color scheme and neutral I want to create. Other artists also inspire me. Creating color wheels and doing color studies of favorite artists inspire me. Recreating the work of other artists also inspires me as I emulate their colors, their technique and try to make it my own.
What can students expect to learn in my Creating Dynamic Paintings workshop?
Students can join me on an exploration of color and the joy of using neutrals. Through many exercises, the student’s style and color preferences will begin to naturally emerge. Students will learn many techniques to add to their bag of tricks and how to begin a painting. Freedom to create without judgment is constantly explored.
Creating Dynamic Paintings with Denise Nogueiras
2 Sessions |All Levels| Price: $120
Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 11 – 4pm
For questions, more information, or registration please contact the BINDERS Education Office at 404237-6331 ext. 203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Jacob Gunter