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A Sense of Place: Abstract Painting – 2 Day Price



July 21, 22, 23
Time: 10 AM – 4PM

Location: Harmony Barn (45262 Road J.8, Mancos)Description: Whether a world traveler or a homebody, a sense of place naturally finds its way into our painting. Social isolation has allowed us to consider our internal space more than ever. In this workshop we examine the concept of “place” by painting the essence of landscape – both internal and external. You will practice abstract acrylic painting techniques that are connected to the spirit in nature. Abstract painting is often misconstrued as an unrecognizable style of painting where no standard rules of perspective, color theory, or composition exist. We dispel that myth.

Venture with us into the realm of self-expression by learning to harness nature’s energy and direct it onto the canvas. We will demonstrate techniques that get you in touch with your surroundings. We will identify how “place” is sensed and perceived and then translated into abstract painting. Instruction includes demonstrations in basic and advanced acrylic painting techniques including painting with rust to create the patina of age, sumi ink and Stabillo pencils to create expressive mark making, and handmade stenciling and collage to create patterns. The results are alive, authentic, and exhilarating. Unveil the mysteries of abstraction by practicing techniques in form/spatial relation, rhythm, and motion. Each student will receive individual instruction and group critique.

Students will learn acrylic painting techniques including preparing the surface; the 3 stages of applying paint and finishing techniques. In addition, they will learn glazing, collage and sanding, block printing and geli plate techniques. Most importantly they will learn the importance of finding a,sense of place in their work. They will learn to harness energy from nature to release into their work. 

They will take home 2-3 paintings. Working in acrylic and water-based medium. No oil.

Needed Materials: Bring a notebook or laptop for writing, The library may have some available for use if they are reserved ahead of time. Participants should request this if it is needed.

Age/Experience: For all levels of painters

Participants will provide their own materials for the workshop. Download materials-list

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About The Instructors:

Diane Williams and Chuck Potter hold Master of Fine Arts degrees in Studio Art and Consciousness sfrom John F Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA. They studied at the University of Hangzhou China, incorporating calligraphy, traditional Chinese landscape painting and Chinese medicine with western art practices. Their studios are in Benicia, CA. (I AN I Studio), Crockett CA and Greenville, CA. (Diamond I AN I Studio).

They teach in their Benicia studio, and at their mountain retreat in Greenville. They offer destination workshops in places such as Whidbey Island, WA;Santa Fe New Mexico,  Morrow Bay, CA; Gualala, CA, and Marin MOCA, CA. Diane and Chuck have produced video workshop series with Jen Tough Gallery of Santa Fe and have an ongoing Zoom workshops.

Their works can be found in corporate, public, and personal collections nationally and worldwide.