Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be moreSpontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then my Loosen-Up Abstract Painting Workshop is for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings. Emphasis will be on design basics including: Shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. This workshop is not media specific.
Paint: You will need and use LOTS of paint for this workshop! That is why I recommend using paint in 16 oz. jars if possible. That way if you don’t utilize what is on your palette you can put it back into the jars – thus minimizing waste. Professional quality paints are best and contain the best pigments, however if you are on a budget you
can bring student grade paints. I would prefer you have lots of student grade paint than a little of professional paint. Just realize that the pigment content of student grade paints is much less than professional paint, thus colors will not be as intense. Golden Artist Colors is preferred for Professional Paints. Binders Acrylics are preferred for Student Grade Paints.
- Students should always have the following as part of their color palette:
Warm Yellow (ex.: Hansa Yellow Deep or Cadmium Yellow Deep or New Gamboge)
Cool Yellow (ex: Hansa Yellow Light or Cadmium Yellow Light)
Warm Red (ex: Cadmium Red Medium or Napthol Red)
Cool Red (ex: Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Magenta or Quinacridone Red)
Warm Blue (Ultramarine Blue)
Cool Blue (ex:Cerulean Blue or Phthalo Blue)
Medium Value Green (ex: Phthalo Green or Viridian)
Medium Value Violet-Optional (ex:Permanent Violet or Cobalt Violet or Ultramarine Violet)
White (Titanium or Zinc)
Black (Mars or Ivory)
- Brushes: The brushes you typically use, with a selection of 1” and 1-1/2” sizes. You will need at least a couple of 2” and 3” brushes. Brushes can be either nylon or natural bristle
- (4) canvases for day one; 2 canvases per day after that: 18x24 minimum size – bigger is even better! (for acrylic and oil painters) or 22x30 full sheets of watercolor paper (for watercolor painters). A substitute for canvases is gessoed 300 lb watercolor paper, gessoed board or canvas painting panels
- (4) 22x30 sheets 300 lb watercolor paper and apply a coat of gesso to each (I recommend Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper). Cut (2) of the sheets into 10x10 squares – you will get (6) 10x10’s per sheet.
- Palette knife – medium to large size
- Artists tape or masking tape – DO NOT bring blue tape – only white or cream color