Yesterday i shared with you the first few weeks in the Nature of Abstract class. It was such an amazing class and i learned a great deal. I learned a lot of techniques, about art, and about myself.
After tackling color mixing & color theory, we moved onto glazing techniques along with collage elements. Michael has an great way of explaining things at its basic levels but then pushes you to do more.
Again we worked in the primary colors learning which ones work best for glazing, what order the paints should go, when to uses washes, and how to seal our work before moving on to the next layers. He shared with us his tricks & tips, which brushes worked best for certain techniques, and which materials were good to have in our arsenal.
"If you got to that point before, you'll get there again. If you don't go past it, you won't leave that place." (on fear of making a mistake with the next layer) Michael Gadlin.
He once again showed us how to create shapes from the background, looking for those stylized opportunites. Michael was always bringing in samples to show us where we were headed and to explain the next technique. During these moments, he took time to respond to questions even if it lead us off into different tangents. We were all sitting there with our pens & paper soaking up his wisdom or a quote or two.
Next we headed into pushing & pulling paint. This was so much fun but meant even more to us because it was building on previous lessons. We could start to see the method in his madness. This exercise was also very freeing. I didn't want to stop creating.
Once we had a good strong base and it was completely dry, we had to envision it into something more without being too literal. This was an abstract class so it's more about suggesting things than giving you every last little detail. We could use objects from around the room or just go for it.
I opted for the later. I took a deep breath and went for it. These figures emerged from my fingertips and i couldn't love them more. it was exciting to just go, to not worrying about ruining the colors. I knew how to get there and could do it again.
"If you are scared to lose the first two layers, you won't experience growth. You have to be able to lose yourself and the piece. It's not about going backwards. It's about going forwards." Michael Gadlin.
and i did get there again.
We continued on to the next layers and added in some of the glazing techniques from previous lessons. Layer upon layer, pushing to the next level. Seeing everyone's different examples was so much fun. I really enjoyed watching not just my growth but everyones. If you walked into our room, you would see passion, excitement, and it overflowing with warmth.
We practice techniques over and over again for homework. It really helped to seap the techniques into my brain. Once i got the techniques down i felt a world of posibilities open up. i left each class feeling elated, ready to create more. i just want to paint each and every day and see where the next layer leads me.