E X P R E S S I V E F L O R A L S 2022
My Expressive Florals summer workshop included a week of 3-hour sessions painting together in the Drawing studio at Bemis School of Art. A small group of artists gathered daily to learn new techniques, explore the tried and true, move in new directions, and lean into their creativity. My approach centers on meeting the student where they are in their journey and help them progress. Take a look at the warmup exercises we did before painting on the canvas.
This is my demo painted on newsprint. First a coat of clear gesso, random drips of acrylic ink, water spritz, let it dry, then add lines. This is intended to help students loosen up and become familiar with floral subjects.
Here is a look at student work for the warmup exercise.
Students painting the finishing touches on their Expressive Florals
Painting expressively exudes happiness. By looking at these paintings you know what I mean. A dose of happiness is something we could all use these days. At least it is my sentiment, and when I look at these photographs I am reminded of each student, their eagerness to learn, their hard work, and focus. From beginner to the more experienced painter, there is always a takeaway from a workshop. First and foremost, I encourage leaning into your style. The way you load the brush, lay it on the canvas, mix colors, experiment, and the images you are interested in painting, are all unique to an artist. The photos I have shared tell the story completely. Each artist has a unique style and taking a workshop opens the door to honoring your creative intuition and learning to trust those instincts.
It was my pleasure to spend a week with this group of students. They exceled in every way!
A painting by Rose, workshop student.
Quote to ponder
A friend shared this quote with me, she said…”All you” I sure hope so!
As creatives…. let’s live this way.